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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
 

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ISBN-10: 1932033335

ISBN-13: 9781932033335

Pub. Date: 01/19/2005

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932033335
Publisher:
Casemate Publishers
Publication date:
01/19/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
460
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword by Stephen Tanner
Introduction

PART I: THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
1 Iran: Its People and Government
2 The Iran-Iraq War, 1980–1988
3 Iran's Shi'ites: Provocative and Driven

PART II: IRAN'S NUCLEAR PURSUITS
4 How Close is Iran to Building an A-Bomb?
5 Doomsday Scenario
6 Iran's Multi-Stemmed Centrifuge Program: An Overview by David Albright and Corey Hinderstein
7 Nuclear Link-up: South Africa and Iran
8 Case Study: South Africa's Atom Bomb

PART III: IRAN'S TROUBLED ROLE IN WORLD AFFAIRS
9 Building Guided Missiles to Hit Israel
10 Iran's History of Terror
11 Iran's Unconventional Weapons
12 Pasdaran: The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
13 What's Next?

Appendix A The Russia-Iran Nuclear Connection
Appendix B IAEA Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Appendix C Iran's Economy and Oil and Gas Resources
Appendix D How Saddam Hussein Almost Built His Bomb
Appendix E Close-Quarter Observations: The South African Nuclear Weapons Program
Appendix F Iran's Missiles: Devils in the Detail by Charles P. Vick
Appendix G Pasdaran's Protegé: Hizbollah

Acronyms, Technical, Arabic, and Persian Words and Phrases
Acknowledgments
Notes

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