publication . Doctoral thesis . 2014

Iran: the next nuclear threshold state?

Maurer, Christopher L.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Sep 2014
  • Publisher: Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
Abstract
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited A nuclear threshold state is one that could quickly operationalize its peaceful nuclear program into one capable of producing a nuclear weapon. This thesis compares two known threshold states, Japan and Brazil, with Iran to determine if the Islamic Republic could also be labeled a threshold state. Furthermore, it highlights the implications such a status could have on U.S. nonproliferation policy. Although Iran's nuclear program is mired in controversy, it relates to those of Japan and Brazil. While not maintaining as robust of a program and often conflicting with the international community, Iran has the ca...
Subjects
free text keywords: Iran, Japan, Brazil, nuclear threshold, proliferation, nonproliferation, dual-use, NPT, IAEA, safeguards, additional protocol, uranium, plutonium
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