The National Council of Resistance of Iran, an organization seeking the overthrow of the Iranian regime, held a press conference on November 18 to expose what it claims is a secret nuclear site in Iran.
The NCRI says the site is housed within the Haft-e Tir military complex and is next to the Isfahan-Shiraz highway. The location is six miles away from the town of Mobarekeh. Its construction began in 2005 and the tunnels were finished in 2009. Unspecified additional work was finished more recently, according to the group.
“According to specific information obtained by the Iranian resistance, the clerical regime is establishing or completing parallel secret and undeclared sites for its nuclear project,” the NCRI said.
Former International Atomic Energy Agency deputy-director Olli Heinonen confirmed that the military complex that houses the alleged secret site has been used to produce nuclear equipment like centrifuges and rocket casings.
The opposition organization urged U.N. inspectors to demand access to the site.
If the information is accurate, it would be in keeping with the deceptive nuclear strategy that Iranian President Rouhani has laid out in his own words.
“No, we have not lied … But in some cases, we may not have disclosed information in a timely manner,” Rouhani said in 2005.
The Iranian regime has been repeatedly caught building secret nuclear sites, including the Natanz centrifuge farm, the Arak heavy water plant and the Fordo underground enrichment site.
The regime refuses to agree to cease the expansion of its nuclear program. It says it is willing to allow international inspections of its sites and to discuss limits on enriching uranium and installing centrifuges, but the Iranian regime is adamant that it will continue constructing more sites.
The Iranian regime recently announced that Russia will start building it second nuclear power plant in March. The government-controlled media even reports that 34 locations have been chosen for future nuclear sites.
Iran needs to be required to stop expanding its program. All sites must be declared and inspected.
Iran may agree to stop enriching uranium to 20% (for now), but it will still develop its infrastructure for the day when that agreement is broken. It’s willing to hold off on some nuclear activities in order to focus on others. That’s not sincerity; it’s just pragmatism.
In the same 2005 speech, Rouhani explained, “If one day we are able to complete the [nuclear] fuel cycle, and the world sees that it has no choice … then the situation will be different.”
If only we listened to Rouhani’s words before he became President of Iran.
Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.