The promised progress from the Iranian nuclear deal appears still to be far from materializing. The deal, or more formally, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was signed on July 14, 2015. On September 10th, the last attempt to block the deal in the US Congress failed. Almost immediately, a magical array of coincidences began.
Clandestine nuclear programs have been at the heart of many difficult international conflicts, and that number seems likely to grow. Although the overlap in skills, technologies, and equipment between civilian and military programs is both substantial and well-recognized, the push for the expansion of civilian nuclear power -- even when it makes no economic sense -- has continued unabated. Often, this is justified under the terms of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) that came into force in 1970.