The real intentions of the Iranian regime
For decades, some scholars, analysts and politicians have debated whether the Iranian regime’s nuclear program was designed for peaceful purposes or to develop nuclear weapons. By carefully examining the evidence, it should become abundantly clear that the development of nuclear weapons has always been part of Tehran’s nuclear program.
Aside from the regime’s clandestine activities over the past three decades, some Iranian leaders have surprisingly revealed secrets about Tehran’s nuclear activities. For example, on November 29, 2021, the former head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani, was the first Iranian official to admit that he was part of a program to develop weapons. Nuclear: -Global growth began involving satellites, missiles and nuclear weapons, and overcame new frontiers of knowledge, the issue became more serious for them.
The second Iranian official to admit that Iran’s nuclear program has always had a military dimension is former Iranian Prime Minister Ali Motahari. He said on April 20, 2022, during an interview with Iscanews in Tehran, that Iran was interested in obtaining nuclear weapons from the start. He pointed out that a country planning to have a nuclear program for peaceful purposes never starts with uranium enrichment, but first creates reactors. In other words, starting with uranium enrichment is a mistake if a country secretly wants to develop nuclear weapons: “Doing enrichment directly creates the illusion that we want to make a bomb. He added: “From the very beginning, when we entered into nuclear activity, our objective was to build a bomb and to strengthen the deterrent forces, but we could not maintain secrecy on this matter, and the secret reports were revealed by a group of hypocrites. .”
“Hypocrites” is a plural word often used by the Iranian regime to refer to the opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The group exposed Iran’s nuclear activities on several occasions, which made it extremely difficult for the theocratic establishment to hide its secret activities.
The organization first revealed Iran’s clandestine nuclear activities at two major sites, Natanz and Arak, in 2000. Because of the NCRI’s connections in Iran, its information would have a high level of credibility. Frank Pabian, adviser on nuclear nonproliferation issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory, previously told The New York Times that the NCRI was “right 90 percent of the time.”
Additionally, in 2017, additional critical information about Iran’s nuclear activities was leaked by the NCRI. Former US President Donald Trump went on to say that Tehran “didn’t live up to the spirit of the deal”. Michael Anton, a former spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said at the time that his colleagues were “carefully evaluating” the NCRI’s information. The NCRI report said: “Reliable information…shows that the ‘nerve center’ of the Iranian regime’s nuclear weapons project, responsible for designing the bomb, continued its work. Following the nuclear deal reached in 2015, not only has the unit remained in place and its activities have not diminished, but it is now clear that in some areas its activities have even expanded.
It is suspected that the Iranian regime realizes the military dimension of its nuclear program at the Parchin military site. Tehran has not allowed the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect or monitor many of its nuclear-related sites. Tehran has disguised their true nature by labeling some of them as military sites or conventional research centers. During the 2015 nuclear talks, Iran decided that Parchin could not be inspected by the IAEA.
It is incumbent upon the international community to prevent the regime from acquiring the capability to manufacture nuclear weapons.
Dr Majid Rafizadeh
To support their claim that Iran’s nuclear program is designed for peaceful purposes, Iranian leaders refer to a fatwa issued by Ali Khamenei prohibiting the development of nuclear weapons. But this religious statement by Khamenei is most likely a cover-up.
As former IAEA chief Mohamed El-Baradei said: “I have been told by a number of people, including Egyptian President Mubarak, that according to Shia theology it is sometimes acceptable to deceive for the good cause. The concept is called taqqiya (concealment), which means protecting oneself or the people one cares for from harm. I made it clear to our Iranian counterpart that whatever the origins of this behavior, their continued denials and cover-ups had deeply damaged their credibility with the international community. From the start, they had dug a hole that would undermine their own diplomatic efforts, what I called starting with a trust deficit.
In a nutshell, it should have been clear that Iran’s nuclear program has a military dimension. It is incumbent upon the international community to prevent the regime from acquiring the capability to manufacture nuclear weapons.
- Dr. Majid Rafizadeh is a Harvard-educated Iranian-American political scientist.Twitter: @Dr_Rafizadeh
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