The United Nations nuclear watchdog and nuclear experts are concerned over the Iranian regime’s nuclear activities, with some of them warning the mullahs’ regime is months away from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
During an online conference held by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Dr. Olli Heinonen, a former deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said he believes the Iranian regime has enough components to make viable atomic weapons.
.@NCRIUS panel: @OlliHeinonen: Documents seized from #Iran, shows regime may have undeclared nuke materials. A decision must be made to go hard on the regime because of Tehran’s non-compliance. Since 2002, the regime has never been in compliance with nuke safeguards. #Iranian pic.twitter.com/PBX5JcOOZG
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) June 3, 2020
“Iran has not only increased its number of centrifuges, but produced about one ton of low enriched uranium, enriched up to 4.5 percent. This amount is actually enough to make one nuclear device if Iran wants to enrich it further to the level of 90 percent. At the same time, Iran has installed additional centrifuges and is testing new models of centrifuges. If the 2,000 centrifuges are reassembled it will double the Iranian enrichment capacity. It will bring the breakout time – the time that it takes to produce highly enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon – to perhaps only two or three months,” he said.
Last week, the IAEA in a statement to its member states, which was leaked to the press, confirmed the Iranian regime has been violating all of its obligations and restrictions under the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA. This statement once again confirms the Iranian Resistance’s longtime position that the mullahs are speeding toward a nuclear bomb to prolong their rule, and if the international community stands by this, it will result in a huge humanitarian catastrophe.
The IAEA report revealed that the regime’s enriched uranium stockpile is almost eight times over the limit set under the terms of the JCPOA. The regime quickly confirmed this action. Kazem Gharib Abadi, the regime’s permanent ambassador to the international organizations in Vienna, Austria, while confirming the IAEA’s recent report, said: “The recent document by the IAEA confirms that Iran is implementing its earlier decision to suspend all of its commitments under the terms of the JCPOA.”
In this regard, in an interview with CNSNEWS, Mr. Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran U.S. Representative Office (NCRI-US) said: “This regime should have never been allowed any enrichment capabilities, nor provided any ability to do nuclear-related research and development under any pretexts.”
“All pathways of the Iranian regime to fissile material must be irreversibly blocked and the ballistic missile program, the purpose of which is to carry a nuclear warhead, must be entirely dismantled.”
Alireza Jafarzadeh (@A_Jafarzadeh) quoted in @cnsnews: “All pathways of the #Iran|ian regime to fissile material must be irreversibly blocked &the ballistic missile program, the purpose of which is to carry a #nuclear warhead, must be entirely dismantled.”https://t.co/qARCY6DSud
— NCRI-U.S. Rep Office (@NCRIUS) June 8, 2020
“The IAEA should refer the regime to the U.N. Security Council, triggering a restoration of all U.N. sanctions,” he added.
The Iranian regime started reducing its commitments under the JCPOA to blackmail the European countries to help the regime evade U.S. sanctions imposed after President Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal citing the regime’s malign behavior. However, the European signatories have been very much reluctant in holding the regime to account. The regime wastes national resources on its nuclear program while people are losing their lives daily and grappling with poverty and starvation. But the regime needs a nuclear bomb to prolong its life, therefore it prioritizes obtaining it over people’s health.
The mullahs’ regime never abided by the JCPOA. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the regime’s Atomic Agency, acknowledged that, in nuclear negotiations with the P5+1, he had lied about the Arak site and had hidden, upon Khamenei’s order, some of the prohibited equipment they had bought (State-run Channel 4 TV – January 22, 2019)
On April 2020, Salehi also said: “Nuclear activities, as well as research and development on the nuclear fuel cycle, uranium conversion, and enrichment (including production and storage), are being carried out without any restrictions.”
Salehi’s remarks indicate that the Iranian regime has never abandoned its covert nuclear weapons project and continues to hide and provide false and misleading information while accelerating its illegal nuclear activities profiting from the Coronavirus global crisis.
Now facing a restive society, and under international pressure for its terrorism, the mullahs’ regime continues its nuclear ambition.