NCRI – Iran’s regime will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Yet, little attention has been paid to the man whose signature is on the agreement on behalf of Tehran.
Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) General Ali Hosseini-Tash, a former Deputy Defense Minister and a key official in charge of the regime’s nuclear weaponization, is the counterpart of the IAEA regarding the inspection of Parchin, which is suspected to be a site for nuclear related activities. IRGC Brigadier General Ali Hosseini-Tash is one of the most prominent officials involved in the Iranian regime’s nuclear weapons program. In his position as head of the research section of the Ministry of Defense and as Deputy Minister of Defense, from February 2004 until September 2005, he oversaw the organ in charge of the weaponization aspect of the nuclear project (at the time called Center for Development of Advanced Defense Technology).
On November 19, 2004, in a press conference in Paris, the Iranian Resistance revealed that IRGC Brigadier General and Deputy Minister of Defense Ali Hosseini-Tash was pursuing the nuclear weapons project along with Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and a biological weapons project with an individual named Nader Maghsoudi. Hosseini-Tash reported these activities directly to Ali Shamkhani, the then-Minister of Defense.
Parchin site was one of the most important locations used by the Center for Development of Advanced Defense Technology. Saeed Borji, a confidant of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and an explosives expert, was a key director of this organ. He was in direct contact with the Ukrainian expert Vycheslav V. Danilenko, who oversaw the construction of explosive chamber(s) used in Parchin. Borji was the head of the “Center for Explosives, Blast Research and Technologies” (Farsi acronym METFAZ), a subdivision of the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), which is currently in charge of weaponization projects. Danilenko shared his experiences with Borji. When Parchin was being used for these experiments, Hosseini-Tash directly supervised the organ that worked on weaponization.
“Ali Hosseini-Tash is a senior IRGC commander, who has been in charge of advancing Tehran’s bomb-making projects for many years. In this position, he has been intimately involved in every detail of the nuclear weapons program and is fully aware of the program’s vulnerabilities and concealment tactics,” said Shahin Gobadi, of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), based in Paris.
“Allowing the Tehran regime to inspect Parchin and provide the results to the IAEA is akin to allowing a murderer to investigate his own murder and provide the relevant DNA to the police,” he said on Saturday.
“Keeping these side agreements confidential under the pretext of confidentiality of agreements between the IAEA and the regime not only blocks independent scrutiny of viability of the process but also enables the regime to further cheat and conceal the previous military dimensions of its nuclear work.”
“That the official in charge of the weaponization work is apparently going to oversee the implementation of inspection at Parchin makes it palpably clear that Tehran is in no way serious as it relates to transparency and verification and that it has every intention to engage in deception, denial and duplicity regarding its past weaponization work as it has done in the past two decades,” Mr. Gobadi added.
The NCRI first revealed Hosseini-Tash’s role in the nuclear weapons program at a press conference on April 28, 2004 by Mr. Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee.