Accession Number : AD1005588

Title :   Irans Nuclear Program: Tehrans Compliance with International Obligations

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Congressional Research Service Washington United States

Personal Author(s) : Kerr,Paul K

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Report Date : 03 Mar 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : Iran ratified the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1970. Article III of the treaty requires non-nuclear-weapon states-parties1 to accept comprehensive International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards; Tehran concluded a comprehensive safeguards agreement with the IAEA in 1974.2 In 2002, the agency began investigating allegations that Iran had conducted clandestine nuclear activities; the IAEA ultimately reported that some of these activities had violated Tehrans safeguards agreement. Following more than three years of investigation, the IAEA Board of Governors referred the matter to the U.N. Security Council in February 2006. Since then, the council adopted six resolutions requiring Iran to take steps to alleviate international concerns about its nuclear program. This report provides a brief overview of Irans nuclear program and describes the legal basis for the actions taken by the IAEA board and the Security Council.

Descriptors :   treaties , international relations , nuclear weapons , iran

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE