Yesterday was Implementation Day. Today on the FZ GPS show it was repeatedly said that what was negotiated was the ending of a "POTENTIAL nuclear weapons program" but did Iran actually have a nuclear weapons program at all after 2003? pl
"The IAEA wants to know how far Iran got, “where it did this work” and “was this weapons capability just put on the shelf, waiting to be quickly restarted?” With that information, the IAEA can “design a verification regime and to determine if Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful today,”" Walter Pincus
I usually agree with Walter Pincus, know him personally and have a high regard for his analytic ability but I think he is pursuing the wrong question in this matter.
Pincus seems focused on determining the residual value of previous Iranian work on nuclear weapons design. His idea apparently is that the Iranians may possess finished or nearly finished nuclear weapons design technology that is "on the shelf" and that can be used in a rapid "start up" effort to actually build a usable nuclear weapon.
For me, the more important question is whether or not there was an Iranian nuclear WEAPONS program at all after2003.
The US Intelligence Community has been unwilling to say publicly that there has been any such program since 2003. What they may have said in private is unknown to me. pl