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Iran-Nuclear: Covert nuclear activities in Iran

Nuclear plantNCRI, November 9 – Following the adoption of a harshly worded resolution by the European Union on Monday setting out the conditions to continue talks with the Iranian regime, and threats of it being referred to the UN Security Council for not complying with IAEA’s requirements, Ali Larijani, secretary of mullahs’ Supreme National Security Council, told reporters today: "Iran cannot be intimidated by the Security Council. We do not take such threats seriously.”

Defying international calls to stop its nuclear program which have been going on secretly for over 18 years, Larijani said: “Iran cannot be threatened with the (Security) Council in order to abandon its right."

On November 3, the Jane’s intelligence journal, reporting on mullahs’ covert nuclear programs,  wrote: “The escalating crisis over Iran’s suspected nuclear ambitions has been further fuelled by highly controversial statements calling for the destruction of Israel made by the Islamic Republic’s new hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Fears over a drift towards future conflict with Tehran are set to be exacerbated by recent allegations that Iran has been engaged in further covert nuclear activity.”

Jane’s added, “On 16 September, Alireza Jafarzadeh, who until 2003 was the Washington spokesman for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), presented at a press conference in Washington what he claimed was new intelligence concerning Iran’s construction of tunnels and underground installations at the Parchin military site, allegedly to conceal nuclear activities.”

The journal noted: “Although Jafarzadeh’s claims have not been independently confirmed, past NCRI allegations have set in train a series of investigations beginning in 2002 by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). These probes have exposed a number of serious discrepancies in Iran’s disclosures about a nuclear program it asserts is for peaceful civilian purposes.”

Jafarzadeh has stated, according to Jane’s, that his latest intelligence had been provided by sources inside Iran that have proved to be accurate in the past. “Although it is important to note that not all the NCRI’s past claims have been accurate,” it reiterated but “enough of them have been shown to be founded on fact to have earned the anti-government group a reputation as an important source of information about Tehran’s nuclear activities.”