On Friday, the National Council of Resistance of Iran publicized critical satellite intelligence as well as direct knowledge within the Iranian military to reveal the Iranian government is charting a path towards “weaponization.”
Such a term is used to describe the final stage associated with the manufacturing of chemical weapons.
Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the NCRI’s headquarters in D.C., said in a press conference today “The engineering unit that is charged and tasked with actually building the bomb in a secret way for the Iranian regime is called the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research.” Jafarzadeh detailed his group’s work in shedding light on Iran’s rogue nuclear activity by Iran, known in Persian as SPND, saying the NCRI first learned of the Iranian government’s nuclear activities in 2011.
In 2014, the U.S. State Department flagged Iran’s nuclear-directed research team after reports suggested SPND “took over some of the activities related to Iran’s undeclared nuclear program.”
“Our information shows that their activities have been continuing in full gear, despite the JCPOA,” Jafarzadeh said.
The JCPOA, short for Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, officially describes what is commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. The JCPOA was a topic of discussion for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier this week, as he formally passed along to Congress that Iran was meeting the framework of the agreement. However, Tillerson also expressed his concerns with the deal itself, saying the JCPOA isn’t fulfilling its intentions.
According to the NRCI’s gathered satellite imagery, an Iranian military base in Parchin showed signs of elevated land, with evidence that SPND has indeed been using high-grade explosives of “possible military dimension”.
National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton commented on the revelations presented by the NCRI, saying the NSC is “carefully evaluating” the situation with “the best intelligence reporting and analysis available to the United States.”
Olli Heinonen, the former deputy director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the movement captured via satellite strongly resembles nuclear activity. The IAEA has been granted minimal access to Parchin, a site known as “Plan 6.
“We see that the buildings are surrounded by berms; they are a distance from each other. This is a typical design for a site that works with high explosives,” Heinonen relayed FoxNews. “I think there are serious questions to be asked [of] the Iranian government. Most likely IAEA should have access to this site.”
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