According to new information revealed by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the Iranian regime has continued to pursue the development of nuclear weapons while lying to the world that it has stopped all nuclear activities. In a press conference held in Washington, D.C., on Friday, the deputy director of NCRI-U.S. Representative Office Alireza Jafarzadeh presented documents that show the Iranian government has recently constructed a center to continue its work on nuclear weapons. “Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (Sazman-e Pazhouheshhaye Novin-e Defa’i), known by its Persian acronym SPND, is the institution within the Ministry of Defense pursuing this project. The Ministry of Defense is heavily controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),” he said.
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Jafarzadeh also revealed that the SPND continued its activities following the JCPOA and even expanded its facilities. Brig. Gen. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi continues to remain the head of this organ as well as other personnel.
Based on details provided by the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), the new facility is located in the Sorkheh Hesar region, a suburb of the capital Tehran. This site is north of Khujir complex, where the IRGC manufacture and assemble ballistic missiles. This center is also south of the command headquarters of the Aerospace Organization of the Ministry of Defense and the Mechanical Industries of the Aerospace Organization (known as Mahallati Industries).
For many years, Iranian authorities have continued to intensify their provocative nuclear projects. They claim that these controversial activities are peaceful and scientific. However, they did not explain why they covered them until the NCRI exposed their facilities in 2001.
Since the time, the NCRI representatives in the U.S., France, and the UK revealed more details over military aspects of nuclear activities. Furthermore, the ayatollahs did not suspend their nuclear ambitions even when the country fell into severe economic troubles.
They continued these activities while the country is struggling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, with the number of fatalities soaring in recent months. Regarding the ayatollahs’ destructive role in the region and across the globe, it is much hard to believe that Iranian authorities’ claims are sincere.
Instead, their collaboration with North Korea and their tireless efforts to advance ballistic missile technology raise questions about the real purposes of Iran’s nuclear programs.
In this context, the NCRI, which sounded alarms about the military aspects of Tehran’s nuclear projects, believes that the ayatollahs aim to achieve nuclear weapons. The opposition reckons that the authoritarian regime sees an atomic bomb as a deterrent to ensure its ruling system.
Moreover, nuclear weapons enable the ayatollahs to blackmail the international community based on the policy carried out during the whole Islamic Republic’s history.
The world was optimistic about ceasing the Iranian government’s nuclear threats through the Iran 2015 nuclear deal, formally Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). However, the latest revelation of the NCRI showed that the JCPOA not only did not stop Tehran’s nuclear ambitions but also gave unreasonable reliefs to improve its controversial programs.
The recent revelation underlines the imperative of a firm policy against the Iranian government’s suspicious efforts. The international community must inspect all secret dimensions of Tehran’s nuclear projects. In such circumstances, the world must push the ayatollahs to spend the country’s national resources on improving health facilities, not atomic ambitions.