In cooperation with the Iranian Nuclear Society

Document Type : Research Paper




Propelling transporting means by using nuclear energy (nuclear propulsion) is one of the important applications of this energy. Currently, only nuclear weapons states possess and operate nuclear propulsions. Some non-nuclear weapons states are also trying to obtain them. Do international rules allow non-nuclear weapon states to operate nuclear propulsions? This is a question that this article has investigated and evaluated in a descriptive-analytical way. The findings of this research indicate that while these states, under the current international rules and subject to complying with certain requirement, have been allowed to obtain or operate nuclear propellants, but, at the same time, the legal system of non-nuclear weapon states' on nuclear propulsions contains inadequacies, ambiguities and difficulties that may, in practice, face these states' obtaining the nuclear propulsions with restrictions and challenges.