A year after the deal, nuclear collaborations languish

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Science  09 Sep 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6304, pp. 1085
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6304.1085

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In Iran, the nuclear agreement signed last year with world powers isn't popular. Economic payoffs have been slow to materialize, and resentment over years of isolation and sanctions remains strong. Getting Iranian and foreign scientists to work together is a potential salve that could also make up for the loss of opportunities for Iranian nuclear scientists under the deal, Iranian officials say. But except for projects in fusion, scientific cooperation is lagging. One initiative that is slow off the mark is the transformation of the underground Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant, which housed about 2700 centrifuges for enriching uranium, into an international physics center.