Fears grow of nuclear brain drain to Iran
A Georgian spokesman says his government has given US officials the names of seven physicists from the Sukhumi Institute of Physics and Technology (SIPT), who it claims are now working in Iran. Analysts acknowledge that the SIPT has been a long-standing proliferation headache.
But others are withholding judgement, particularly in light of the ongoing Georgian-Abkhaz conflict. Scott Parish, an expert on nuclear proliferation at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California says, "Shevardnadze has every motivation to accuse Abkhazia of various nefarious activities".
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Reference: Science 299, 1498