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Khamenei’s missile muscle-flexing is to cloak his damaged position caused by the nuclear deal and the election outcome


Nuri Industries and Movahed Industries are major centers in building nuclear-warhead-capable missiles

The Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei whose position has been severely damaged by the nuclear deal and last month’s sham elections desperately tries to prop up his lost status through missile muscle-flexing. Speaking on this matter he said today: “Today is the time for both missile and diplomacy”. The missiles Khamenei is talking about are the nuclear-warhead-capable missiles that were tested last month.

Drawing on this muscle-flexing, Khamenei attacked his rivals in an unprecedented fashion: “Those who say the future is in negotiations, not in missiles, are either ignorant or traitors”.

These remarks demonstrate that Khamenei is mustering all his power to continue with the nuclear and missile projects in breach of UN Security Council resolution and that diplomacy and talks are merely a cover to advance these projects. He is also attempting to cloak the regime’s internal crises while getting the upper hand in the infighting within the regime.

This is despite the fact that Rouhani is completely in line with Khamenei in these anti-Iranian projects. Seventy days prior to the recent missile test on December 31, 2015, Rouhani wrote in a directive to the defense minister: “The program to produce all types of missiles needed by the armed forces should continue with seriousness and speed.” He went on to add that the regime has never “negotiated on its missile program with anyone and shall not accept any restrictions in this realm”. He has also stated that in the two years of his presidency, the regime’s weaponry has grown by 80% with respect to a decade ago. This means that on average, without taking into account inflation, expenditures on weaponry have grown fivefold.

On January 5, 2016, the regime’s Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani who was visiting an IRGC missile base emphasized on “the added support of the parliament for missile funds in the Sixth 5-year-budget”.

According to the information obtained by the Resistance from inside the regime, an overwhelming amount of the Iranian people’s funds released to the religious fascism ruling Iran in the past two and a half years and since the beginning of the nuclear talks and after the nuclear deal has been spent on weapons’ projects, regional warmongering, and purchase of arms for Bashar Assad’s army.

The two companies, Nuri Industries and Movahed Industries that were blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury on March 24, 2016 are affiliated with the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG) and are involved in building ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Nuri Industries, with the code 8500, is where nuclear warheads are produced. Its president is engineer Naimi who works along with Dr. Mehdi Naqian Fesharaki in the design of nuclear warheads. The man in charge of research is engineer Aram. North Korean experts are present in this project and they have greatly contributed to the advance of this project. The Iranian Resistance disclosed Nuri Industries on February 20, 2008 in a press conference in Brussels.

Movahed Industries, with the code 7500, is the place where the body of Shahab-3 and Qadr missiles are built and the missiles are put together. It is located in the biggest tunnel of the Khojair Complex in the central section of Khojair Complex and Barjamali Mountain. This tunnel is over one kilometer long and 12 meters in diameter and branches out to six tunnels of 500 meters each. Within the tunnels there are various facilities and workshops that put together the missiles while other sections are used to store the missiles. The Iranian Resistance exposed Movahed Industries on November 21, 2005.

Yesterday, in a letter to the UN Secretary-General, the United States, France, Britain and Germany considered the Iranian regime’s missile tests as in defiance of Security Council resolutions and called for a Security Council session to take up the matter.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
March 30, 2016