Iran is playing a cat-and-mouse game to buy time before obtaining the nuclear bomb
The world’s leading nations have done everything within the last eleven months to persuade Tehran to uphold the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement. Instead, the Iranian regime’s mullahs only played with words. In a statement on August 29, Ebrahim Raisi said there was “No way back to the nuclear deal if the probe continues.”
In August 2002, the Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), revealed Tehran’s covert nuclear activities for the first time. On August 14, 2002, Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of NCRI-U.S. representation, revealed that the Iranian government was enriching uranium to weapons-grade purity in the unreported sites of Natanz and Arak.
Iranian officials frequently assert that their nuclear programs are “peaceful.” However, they have never explained why they kept it a secret until the NCRI made it public in 2002. It is also unclear why they strongly oppose International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards and investigations.
IAEA Conclusion: "Unless & until Iran provides technically credible explanations for the presence of uranium particles" and "informs the Agency of the current location(s) of the nuclear material and/or of the contaminated equipment," the safeguards issues "remain outstanding."4/
— Alireza Jafarzadeh (@A_Jafarzadeh) June 7, 2022
Mohammad Eslami, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO), asserted: “The [People’s Mojahedin of Iran] MEK launched a campaign of mischief, malice, and sedition since our nuclear industry began. They would question Iran’s nuclear program’s legitimacy and peaceful core.”
The regime’s nuclear program started with the intention of acquiring nuclear weapons and was never peaceful. Ali Motahari, a former deputy speaker of the Majlis, reaffirmed this on April 24. He stated, “When we started nuclear activities, our goal was to make a bomb. We failed to keep it secret; the MEK obtained documents and revealed… Using [nuclear weapons] is forbidden, not owning them.”
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The same day, Kamal Kharrazi, Khamenei’s adviser, said in an interview with the Entekhab website, “We have the technical capability to produce a nuclear bomb; however, we have yet to have such a decision. Iran would not negotiate because it would be the same as giving up on its missile programs and regional policies.
“We only took a few days to enrich uranium from 20% fissile purity to 60%,” he continued. “90% similarity is easily attainable.”
Former Minister of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) Mahmoud Alavi stated, “In his Fatwa, the Supreme Leader announced that the production of nuclear weapons is Haram [forbidden] and contrary to Sharia, and the Islamic Republic would not pursue them,” in an interview with the state-run TV channel Two back in February 2021.
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Alavi accused the West of creating nuclear weapons, adding, “However, if [foreigners] caught a cat in an awkward corner, it may behave unlikely to a free cat. It would not be Iran’s fault if they pushed Iran to that path.”
In a nutshell, the 2015 Iran nuclear deal did not succeed in halting Tehran’s nuclear ambitions as all available evidence indicates that the Iranian government started and continued its nuclear projects to acquire at least one atomic bomb. Tehran is using a cat-and-mouse game to buy time before signing a new agreement in these circumstances.
Senator Ted Cruz criticized the U.S. administration’s ignorance of Tehran’s nuclear blackmail, saying, “The effect of a Biden Iran deal will be a gift of a nuclear arsenal for the Ayatollah.”
#Iran's Minister of Intelligence and Security Mahmoud Alavi frankly threatens the international community about the proliferation of #NuclearWeapons.
"We do not pursue nuclear weapons, but if foreigners pushed us, this is their fault," he said in an interview with state-run TV. pic.twitter.com/qFEZgKWKNW
— Iran News Update (@IranNewsUpdate1) February 9, 2021