European Parliament, BRUSSELS, November 10 – On the initiative of the Friends of a Free Iran Inter-parliamentary group, a seminar, entitled, "Iran: Nuclear Ambitions and Threats," was held on Wednesday, November 9, in the European Parliament Headquarters in Brussels.
Chaired by Messrs. Struan Stevenson and Paulo Casaca, co-chairs of the inter-parliamentary group, the seminar features Mr. Karl von Wogau, the Chairman of the EP’s Sub-committee for Defense and Security, Mohammad Mohaddessin, NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman and Prof. Manouchehr Fakhimi, a former senior expert in Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization. Several other Euro MPs also spoke at the seminar.
Mr. Stevenson, who is also the Vice President of the ruling centre right (EPP-ED) Parliamentary Group, said: "The Iranian regime’s nuclear activities were revealed by the NCRI for the first time. However, the EU’s pathetic attempts at appeasement have simply helped the oppressive Mullah regime to accelerate its efforts to procure nuclear weapons. The EU’s policy resulted in the Presidency of the hostage-taker and terrorist Ahmadinejad, whose horrifying remarks about wiping Israel off the map shocked the world." Mr Stevenson added "In Iran the choice is either working with Ahmadinejad or supporting the alternative, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, democratic leader of the NCRI." He called on all EP parliamentary groups to work to remove the People’s Mojahedin from the terrorist list so as to prevent the outbreak of a war in Iran and set the stage for democratic change.
Prof. Fakhimi, said, "In the first years after the Iranian Revolution, they called me from the Revolutionary Guards Corps and asked about the use of uranium ore. They said they have a major project for which they desperately needed my expertise. They promised to shelve my dissident past and would give me a house and cars. As an expert, he also warned of a repeat of the Chernobyl disaster.
Mr. Mohaddessin said, "This regime is continuing to deceive international inspectors. Last year, we revealed the nuclear activities of a very important military site in Parchin, 30 kms southeast of Tehran. The center has hundreds of buildings, workshops and laboratories. This site is working on laser enrichment, manufacture of nuclear warheads and nuclear capable long-range missiles."
"But the Iranian regime did not permit IAEA inspectors to visit the site. One year later, they were permitted to visit the site, after the Revolutionary Guards, changed and destroyed all evidence. They deceived the inspectors and did not show them a very good part of facilities," Mr. Mohaddessin added.
NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee Chair noted, "Nuclear warheads and launching systems are two very important projects which the Revolutionary Guards are working on. Since the Iranian regime’s Air Force is in a very feeble state, and lacks the capacity to deliver the bomb, Tehran is trying to produce nuclear warheads and missiles that carry those warheads. The Iranian regime has produced Shahab 3 missiles with a range of 2000 km. It can reach all capitals in the region and some eastern European countries. The Revolutionary Guards are working on another type of missile named Ghadr with 2500-3000 km range , which could reach Berlin, Rome, Athens, Vienna and some others capitals. More than 70 percent of the Ghadr project has been completed so far."
Mr. Casaca stated, "In August 2002, the NCRI revealed Iran’s nuclear activities in Washington, DC. Several months later, U.S. Satellite photos confirmed those revelations. Many were telling us this resistance has no support in Iran. If that is the case, how could it give out such detailed information to the rest of the world? On Monday, a demonstration by tens of thousands were held outside the EU headquarters, in which the participants called for the referral of Iran’s nuclear file to the United Nations Security Council. It is not only in the interests of the West, but also to the interest of the Iranian people to stop Iran’s nuclear activities.”
Mr. von Wogau added, speaking from the position of European Security and Protection, the worst thing for Europe was to have nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists. If Iran’s nuclear weapons were peaceful, why have they hidden them for so many years? Ahmadinejad’s recent speech about wiping Israel off the map shows clearly the dangers posed by this regime. According to the Paris Agreement, the Iranian regime was supposed to stop enrichment. After Ahmadinejad’s election, however, they have resumed their activities. It is therefore a mistake to say that we have had amicable meetings with the Iranian regime. I think we must do something about referring Iran’s nuclear file to the Security Council. We must realize that this is a correct decision and should prepare for the end of November.
Mr. Vytautas Landsbergis, a Euro MP and former Lithuanian President said we must actively support the democratic opposition. The Iranian people are victims of the regime’s nuclear policy. Were the people of Germany in support of Hitler? They were themselves victimized. Now, it is the Iranian people who will be victimized.
Another Euro MP, Mr. Tunne Kelam, said, it is the EU policy to negotiate with a terrorist regime and blacklist the opposition. It is our task to do something about this. If there are no alternatives to this regime, we would have no choice but to work with the current regime. In my view, the National Council of Resistance is the best alternative. I attended their demonstration which was quite illuminating. We must send a decisive message to
the Security Council. Otherwise, this regime will catch the world off guard. We must change our policy to prevent the catastrophe that is about to happen.