NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTORS’S COLUMN LOOKS AT AFRICAN LINKS TO IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM

August 31, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In a commentary published by national security resource Family Security Matters today—the very day established by a unanimous United Nations Security Council resolution of Iran to suspend all activities related to its pursuit of uranium-based nuclear weapons—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, looks at ongoing African links to the Iranian nuclear program.

The article reviews credible reports, including some filed by UN monitors, of large quantities of uranium-235 (the lighter fissile weight isotope of the radioactive material that is the focus enrichment processes) have been shipped from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Iran as well as North Korea. According to Dr. Pham: “As the international community prepares to confront Iran’s nuclear defiance as well as to oversee the ‘conclusion’ of Democratic Congo’s transition to not-quite-democracy, it would be prudent to keep an eye on who holds the reins of power in Kinhasa, who his friends are, and what they are up to—especially if we are serious about our resolution to ‘exercise vigilance and prevent the transfer of any items, materials, goods, and technology’ to Iran and other rogue actors.”

Dr. Pham is a contributing editor of Family Security Matters, which tries to provide national security and foreign affairs information in an accessible format in order to increase civic participation and political responsibility.

 The essay, entitled “,” can be accessed by clicking here.