by Pooya Stone
Iranian government’s nuclear weapons-producing organization, headed by Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Brigadier General Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi, is continuing to operate, so United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced new sanctions last week.
On March 18, the US announced the names of five of the sanctioned individuals:
- Aref Bali Lashk, the senior expert of the Amad [Logistics] Plan
- Sayed Mohammad Mehdi Hadavi, the project supervisor at the time of the Amad Plan implementation
- Kamran Daneshjoo, the project manager of the 111th section of the Amad Plan, which was attempting to modify a Shahab missile with the possibility of installing a possible nuclear device on it, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
- Mehdi Tehranchi, the subproject supervisor of the Amad Project, which is responsible for testing nuclear explosions,
- Ali Mehdipour Omrani, the senior expert in Subproject 3/11 of the “Logistics Design”, which is the Project Simulation Team responsible for Nuclear Weapons Design
The Amad Plan
The Amad Plan is managed by the government’s New Defense Researches Organization (SEPAND), which used to be called The Center of Logistics and New Defense Technologies.
It was first exposed to the West in May 2003 by the Iranian Resistance, which caused the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) to excavate the initial Lavizane-e Shian site in December 2003 and move it to another location. In April and November 2004, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) revealed its new location at the Lavizan 2 or “Mojdeh” site.
The authorities even changed the organization’s name in order to hide, but the Resistance revealed that in July 2011. The NCRI had also revealed the names of those sanctioned; Hahdavi and Omrani in February 2008 and Daneshjoo and Lashk in 2012
In 2017, the Iranian Resistance exposed the continuation and expansion of this nuclear weapon-producing organization based on information gathered by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) through their assets in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Defense Ministry, and the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND).
They said: “[The evidence] shows that following the establishment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015, not only has the unit remained in place and active, it is now clear that in some fields its activities have even expanded. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi, also known as Dr. Hassan Mohseni, is the key individual in the regime’s nuclear weapons program. He is a veteran IRGC brigadier general and continues to head SPND.”