NCRI - Discussing with Fox News the Iranian regime's execution of the nuclear scientist, Shahram Amiri, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said that the claim by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) that Amiri's death was a response to "unprecedented defections within its own ranks" needed to be taken "very seriously" by the U.S. intelligence services.
He said that the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), the largest component group of the NCRI, had "long known a lot about the inside of the nuclear weapons program in Iran," and had "been right in every material respect."
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The NCRI's statement said:
"Amiri's execution is a desperate attempt by the Supreme Leader, Khamenei, to intimidate and terrorize the regime's nuclear scientists, and prevent them from leaving the country after the nuclear deal. Engulfed in serious domestic and external crises and facing growing popular discontent and opposition at home, the regime has had to deal with unprecedented defections within its own ranks"
Amiri had apparently defected to the U.S. in 2009 only to return a year later. Amiri claimed he had been kidnapped by the U.S., but Ambassador Bolton dismissed this idea as "fanciful." The NCRI said that he only returned to Iran because the regime threatened his family.
In hanging 40 year-old Amiri, the regime stated he had provided the enemy with vital information on its nuclear program. Ambassador Bolton said the execution "shows just how deadly serious the Iranian nuclear program is and just how high the stakes are."
He concluded, "So much for the nuclear deal changing the behaviour of the mullahs - not a bit of it, not a bit of it."
The interview took place on Sunday, August 7, 2016.