Iran’s Nuclear Program

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Iran's Nuclear Program

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Developing it began in the 1950s, aided by Washington at the time – part of the Eisenhower administration's Atoms for Peace program, explained in his December 1953 UN General Assembly address.

Nuclear reactor construction became a new profit opportunity for US business, building them domestically and abroad – the first ones in other countries constructed in Israel, Pakistan and Iran when Shah Reza Pahlavi was in power.

He aimed to fulfill a longstanding national objective – creating a modern energy infrastructure, built around nuclear power,, transforming power generation in the Middle East, reducing its dependency on oil and gas. 

In 1978, Iran had the world's fourth largest nuclear program, the largest among developing states, intending 20 new reactors by 1995.

Reza Pahlavi aimed to weaken US/UK pressure on the country to recycle petrodoll
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