In October Iran promised the United Nations Security Council that it
would ship its low-enriched uranium to Russia, where it would be
further processed, packaged in fuel rods, and returned. The deal, which
would have given international observers a better look at Iran’s use of
uranium, fell through in less than a month, when Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad decided that Turkey — a country with closer
cultural and economic ties to Iran — would make a better processing
partner than Russia.
Ahmadinejad, a former transportation engineer and tunneling expert,
also declared that Iran would build 10 more uranium enrichment plants
similar to its Qum site, an underground facility whose existence was
revealed in late September, and would raise the enrichment levels of
All that from a man who says he doesn’t want to withdraw from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
BU Today spoke with Augustus Richard Norton, a College of Arts
& Sciences international relations and anthropology professor, for
some insight on Iran, its leaders’ intentions, and how the
international community is responding to the dilemma.