The West must make ‘no concessions’ to Iran in its nuclear negotiations because the regime has no intention of halting its ambitions to obtain a nuclear bomb, a conference in Brussels has been told.
Iran’s leaders have a ‘strategy of deception’ aimed at tricking the international community into believing it is halting its nuclear project, delegates heard.
But the regime’s leaders were disguising their true military nuclear goals under the cover of carrying out nuclear research for its energy needs, the conference by the International Committee In Search of Justice insisted.
The ISJ also released a 100-page report said for the past 20 years, Iran’s nuclear program had had two faces – a civil system fronted by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and a secret military system aimed at creating nuclear weapons.
The report said: “These two structures, much like two concentric circles, have worked side by side with the nuclear military system at the heart of this program.
“The outcome of research, achievements and advances in the unconcealed section has been used in the military section which has been the ultimate beneficiary of the advancements and experiences.”
The report was unveiled just days ahead of the November 24 deadline to achieve a nuclear deal between the P5+1 countries and the Iranian regime.
ISJ president and nuclear physics professor Dr Alejo Vidal-Quadras told delegates the regime had ‘a strategic scheme of deception’, and he urged Western leaders not to make any concessions in the talks because Iran has never halted the project nor had any intention of doing so.
Any deal with the regime must include the implementation of all Security Council resolutions, a complete halt of all enrichment in Iran, acceptance of the Additional Protocol, and snap inspections of suspicious sites. Any concessions concerning these requirements or any agreement that falls short of implementing them would leave open the path for the regime to attain the nuclear bomb, he said.
Former US Under-secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Robert Joseph told the conference: “Under the guise of a peaceful program, Iran has put in place an enrichment capacity able to produce fissile material for nuclear weapons. In parallel, Tehran has for years stonewalled the IAEA in its investigation of Iran’s suspected weapons activities – from work on detonators to the design of a ballistic missile warhead.
“The ISJ report makes clear that the quest for a nuclear weapon has been, and remains, at the heart of Iran’s program. The report thoroughly documents the evidence of Iran’s grand deception and serves as a warning for the future.”
And former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton added: “Iran is clearly still determined to reach its long-time goal of obtaining deliverable nuclear weapons. The regime’s strategies have shifted, its tactics have evolved, and its public statements have varied, but its objective has never changed. The ISJ report makes this clear.
“For the rest of the world to ignore the mullah’s single-minded determination would be extraordinarily dangerous for international peace and security.”
Diagrams and plans in the report expose how the regime has developed dual-use technology and equipment for the ultimate objective of the military aspect of the program, and equipment has been procured for the military section of the nuclear project with this exact cover and pretense.
Involvement in the program also extends to the highest levels of government, where officials up to the president’s office are involved in scheming to skirt sanctions and procure equipment for the nuclear project, it said.
Universities under the control of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the Defense Ministry have also played a key role in acting as a bridge between the two sections.
The ISJ report has identified many individuals involved in the nuclear program, including the military and IRGC commanders.
The report concludes: “Scores of the personnel involved in Tehran’s nuclear program are from the military and particularly from the command structure of the IRGC.”
The report also presents pictures of over a dozen such IRGC commanders.
The ISJ was formed in 2008 as an informal group of EU parliamentarians to seek justice for the Iranian democratic opposition. In 2014 it was registered as a non-profit NGO in Brussels expanding its membership beyond elected parliamentarians to former officials and other dignitaries with an interest in promoting human rights, freedom, democracy, peace and stability. ISJ’s campaigns have enjoyed the support of over 4000 parliamentarians on both sides of the Atlantic.