A bombshell report claims Iran is using loopholes within the Iran deal to circumvent denuclearization requirements.
An official from the National Council of Resistance of Iran claims Iran’s “weaponization program is fully operational” and their nuclear program “has never halted its work and key figures in the sector have remained unchanged.”
Iran may be secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons program on military sites away from international inspectors, a new report by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) obtained by Fox News revealed Tuesday. The 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by the President Barack Obama administration limits inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials to declared civilian sites at a moments notice. The IAEA can request access to military sites, but Iran is allowed nearly a month to prepare sites before their inspection. Critics note this may be enough time to conceal any nefarious activity.A NCRI official explains Iran can easily move or relocate nuclear technologies out of view of inspectors using elaborate “scores of tunnels and silos”:
“An important feature of the Iranian regime’s nuclear program is that several sites and centers where nuclear-related activities are conducted are situated in sprawling military complexes that also house scores of tunnels and silos. This not only makes IAEA access to these locations more difficult, but also makes it possible to relocate these centers and projects to other locations within the complex,” Alireza Jafarzadeh, an NCRI official, told Fox News, adding “As such, if it becomes necessary to relocate a project or center, it can easily be moved to a different silo or tunnel within the parameters of the military site. This makes pinpointing the exact location of nuclear research and activities more challenging, and reduces the chance of exposure.”The United States has previously expressed similar concerns about inspections of Iran’s military sites, which the country denounced:
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley pressed IAEA inspections on Iranian military sites in August with many of the same concerns of the report. Iranian officials, however, strongly rebuffed her demand declaring publicly: “Iran’s military sites are off limits,” adding “information about these sites are classified. Iran will never allow such visits. Don’t pay attention to such remarks that are only a dream.” The Institute for Science and International Security also echoed some concerns of the NCRI report in late August noting in a report that the U.S. should demand inspection of particular Iranian military sites to ensure testing helpful to nuclear development is not occurring.President Donald Trump has suggested he would pull the United States from the Iran deal due to Iran’s noncompliance with the accord. Fox News reports Iran is continuing to develop their nuclear program by using “a plausible logistical cover” for their militaristic nuclear ambitions:
While the President’s likely move has generated wide condemnation from foreign policy leaders — who reiterate that the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has maintained Iran is in compliance — a new 52-page investigative report by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), entitled: “Iran’s Nuclear Core: Uninspected Military Sites,” obtained exclusively by Fox News and slated for release Wednesday, asserts that the country’s nuclear weapons program has far from halted.
“It has been known for years that Iran has two nuclear programs — one is civilian and the other, the military, has the goal of giving Iran its first nuclear bomb,” Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the Washington office of the NCRI, also referred to as the Iranian Resistance, and considered the primary opposition coalition to the clerical administration of Iran, told Fox News. “The civilian sector of the nuclear program has systematically provided a plausible logistical cover for the military sector, and acts as a conduit for it. The military aspect of the program has been and remains at the heart of Iran’s nuclear activities.”Jafarzadeh explains that Iran has not stopped or slowed their nuclear production at all since agreeing to the Iran deal:
“The more we investigated, the more we realized that the weaponization program is fully operational,” Jafarzadeh said. “The military sector has gone through changes in name, location and reorganizations over the years. However, it has never halted its work and key figures in the sector have remained unchanged.”