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Iran's Nuclear Option: Tehran's Quest for the Atom Bomb / Edition 1

Iran's Nuclear Option: Tehran's Quest for the Atom Bomb / Edition 1

by Al Venter
     
 

ISBN-10: 1932033335

ISBN-13: 9781932033335

Pub. Date: 02/02/2005

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

At a time when international terrorism is the focal point of our concerns, a far more pressing threat has arisen to the balance of power in the world and ultimately to the security of our country. Since the Islamic Republic of Iran admitted, just two years ago, that it was secretly producing highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium, leading nations have struggled to

Overview

At a time when international terrorism is the focal point of our concerns, a far more pressing threat has arisen to the balance of power in the world and ultimately to the security of our country. Since the Islamic Republic of Iran admitted, just two years ago, that it was secretly producing highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium, leading nations have struggled to react in an appropriate manner. In this book, the U.S. public is able to learn, in full detail and for the first time, exactly what the Europeans and UN have been trying to forestall.

In Iran we see a country, located at the center of the uraniumMiddle East, which could very shortly have the ability to strike its immediate neighbors and nations farther away with nuclear weapons. With the innate size to dominate its region, Iran is also a country with an avowed mission to export it's theocratic principles, and a nation which has, over the past 25 years, been a notorious supporter of terrorist organizations. Its parallel development of atomic bombs comprises the greatest threat that we have seen in the new millennium.

In Iran's Nuclear Option, defense expert Al J. Venter details the extent to which Iran's weapons program has developed, and the clandestine manner in which its nuclear technology has been acquired. He demonstrates how Tehran has violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and details the involvement of several countries who have been shown by the IAEA to have trafficked in illegal nuclear materials. He proves, for the first time, a direct link between the now-defunct South African apartheid regime's nuclear program and Tehran's current nuclear ambitions.

Venter digs deep into ancillary subjects, such as Iran's fervor on behalf of Shiite Islam, its missile program—developed alongside its nuclear one—and the role of the Pasdaran (Revolutionary Guards), whose tentacles have spread throughout the Middle East and increasingly further afield. While noting Tehran's support of terrorist groups such as Hizbollah, Venter follows closely how the Persian homeland itself has progressed toward a strategic nuclear capability that would make recent terrorist attacks look obsolete.

Iran's Nuclear Option is essential reading for anyone with an interest in global security and the perilous volatility of the Middle East. It also comprises an indicator for America's own options, should it be willing to counter the threat while time remains, in favor of world peace rather than greater global instability.

REVIEWS

“the place to turn for technical details and footnoted references…offers the most systematic exposition to date about Iran’s nuclear program and its role in world affairs…”
Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2006

“…of great interest to anyone watching the current nuclear proliferation problem…”
Parameters, Spring 2006

“…a chilling insight into the scope and sophistication of Iran’s concerted, multi-decade quest for the atomic bomb… a sobering blow by blow account of how Tehran managed diplomatically to stall, mislead and confound the IAEA…”
The National Interest 06/2005

“an outstanding survey of the threats the present Iranian regime poses to the world. One of this books great strengths is how carefully Venter documents Iran’s efforts to obtain parts and personnel for weapons building….shows clearly and convincingly why stopping Iran’s nuclear program is a cardinal interest not only for any particular state, but for humanity as a whole.”
Jerusalem Political Studies Review, Fall 2005

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932033335
Publisher:
Casemate Publishers
Publication date:
02/02/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
460
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Forewordxiii
Introduction1
Part IThe Islamic Republic of Iran
1Iran: Its People and Government27
2The Iran-Iraq War, 1980-198845
3Iran's Shi'ites: Provocative and Driven67
Part IIIran's Nuclear Pursuits
4How Close is Iran to Building an A-Bomb?85
5Doomsday Scenario109
6Iran's Multi-Stemmed Centrifuge Program: An Overview131
7Nuclear Link-up: South Africa and Iran151
8Case Study: South Africa's Atom Bomb175
Part IIIIran's Troubled Role in World Affairs
9Building Guided Missiles to Hit Israel195
10Iran's History of Terror213
11Iran's Unconventional Weapons237
12Pasdaran: The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps253
13What's Next?271
Appendix AThe Russia-Iran Nuclear Connection299
Appendix BIAEA Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran315
Appendix CIran's Economy and Oil and Gas Resources325
Appendix DHow Saddam Hussein Almost Built His Bomb341
Appendix EClose-Quarter Observations: The South African Nuclear Weapons Program359
Appendix FIran's Missiles: Devils in the Detail373
Appendix GPasdaran's Protege: Hizbollah383
Acronyms, Technical, Arabic, and Persian Words and Phrases403
Acknowledgments413
Notes423
Index439

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