Rouhani Stopped Iran’s Weaponization ResearchPosted: July 29, 2013
This is a really interesting op-ed in the NYT by Francois Nicoullaud, who was France’s ambassador to Iran from 2001-2005. Nicoullaud claims that Rouhani was the prime mover in Iran’s termination of its nuclear weapons research program in 2003. You can read about the data points on which he bases this claim. I’m not sure what else to say about this – there are a number of possible implications. One being the implication that Iran had a nuclear weapons research program prior to 2003. This is of course something that Western intelligence agencies have asserted, but that has never been confirmed. Another implication being that if this claim is true, and Rouhani really was behind the cessation of this research program, it would be a feather in his cap in terms of his credibility to negotiate on the nuclear issue now, and hopefully to be able to bring Khamenei along to an agreement if necessary.