Makhir Khalifa-zade, Ph.D., political scientist, coworker at the International Academy of Ecological Energy (Baku, Azerbaijan)


The United States has been keeping a keen watch on Irans nuclear research since the beginning of the 1990s. In so doing, Washington is claiming that under the cover of a national peaceful nuclear energy program, Tehran is steadily moving toward creating its own arsenal of nuclear weapons. As early as 1996, in response to the growing suspicions about the existence of such a program in Iran, U.S. Congress adopted the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act which envisages the introduction of harsh measures against foreign companies investing more than 20 million dollars in Irans energy sector.

But after the terrorist attack on the United States in September 2001 and Irans blacklisting as a country sponsoring terrorism, the White House toughened up its policy against Tehran even more, striving to put a complete stop to research under its nuclear program. In this respect, based on the fact that Great Britain is the U.S.s key ally in its global policy, it is expedient to take a look at official Londons foreign policy approaches both toward Tehrans nuclear program and toward Iran on the whole.

Research Sources in Irans Atomic Energy Sphere

Irans political elite began thinking about organizing research in this sphere back during the rule of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. This pragmatic head of state set about.

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