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Iran - Going Nuclear, May 2005


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BACKGROUND TO A CRISIS
Iran's Concealment and the World's Response

FACTS & STATS
People, Economy, Government, Nuclear Iran

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CHAPTER 1 (length 7:48)

In Tehran, reporter Paul Kenyon follows a team of U.N. inspectors investigating Iran's nuclear program. Secret police follow every move as Kenyon travels to Natanz, a uranium enrichment facility where inspectors have installed surveillance cameras. Inspectors discreetly send notes back to their headquarters in Vienna.

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CHAPTER 2 (length 7:01)

Kenyon is denied access to a warehouse that inspectors believe is used for nuclear experiments. Iran's former top nuclear negotiator insists that Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons. On Revolution Day, Iran's president declares in a speech to a teeming crowd that Iran will not renounce its nuclear power program.

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CHAPTER 3 (length 10:46)

At the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna, American diplomats warn that Iran has a history of concealment and should dismantle its nuclear program. An Iranian diplomat counters, "We call the shots, not the Americans." A suspiciously high concentration of enriched uranium turns up in tests from one of the Iranian nuclear sites the team visited, and inspectors look at nuclear plans that have been - alarmingly - distributed on compact disk.


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