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Who are the MEK? Part 11

By INU Staff

INU - The majority of people across the world recognise that the Iranian Regime is a violent, totalitarian, dictatorship with no respect for the rights of its people or the rest of the world. However, those people wrongly claim that the Iranian Regime has no viable alternative and that it is, therefore, acceptable to continue doing business with them.

The thing is that the Regime has a viable alternative in the form of the oldest, largest, and most popular resistance organization in Iran, which has fought two separate regimes since it was founded in 1965. That is the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

In order to help you learn more about the MEK, we have created an in-depth series. In this part, we will learn about how the MEK revealed the Iranian Regime’s clandestine nuclear program to the world.

The MEK is completely opposed to the Iranian regime’s nuclear weapons program, which poses a real threat to global security.

That’s why the MEK has revealed details on over 100 of the Regime’s secret nuclear projects; information that they gather through an underground network of MEK supporters working inside the government. The MEK’s ability to infiltrate the Iranian Regime’s institutions and gather this sensitive information reflects the level of MEK support in Iran by the Iranian people.

Let’s look at some of the MEK’s biggest disclosures about Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

In 2002, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which is the parent organisation of the MEK, held a press conference in which they revealed that there were two secret nuclear sites in central Iran: a fuel production plant in Natanz and a heavy water plant in Arak. This announcement led to a three-year-long investigation by the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), which found that Iran has broken its Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) obligations by concealing enrichment activities.

In 2003, the MEK and NCRI revealed that the Kalay-e Electric company was a secret centrifuge assembly and testing facility, which the Regime tried to disguise as a watch manufacturing company. However, the Regime blocked IAEA inspectors from accessing the site for over a year, which allowed the mullahs plenty of time to remove all evidence of its nuclear activities. Despite the Regime’s clear up, inspectors still found trace amounts of enriched uranium and the mullahs were forced to admit that they had conducted enrichment research at the site.

In 2008, the NCRI and MEK announced that the Regime had created a new underground site near the Natanz facility, deep in the Siah Kooh mountains, which was connected to Natanz via a five-kilometre tunnel. The Regime said that this site was controlled by the military and so off-limits to IAEA inspectors.

In 2015, the MEK and NCRI held a press conference to reveal an underground nuclear research site - Lavizan-3 – that had been in operation since 2008, which was being used to enrich uranium and build and test advanced centrifuges. Despite being in negotiations for the nuclear deal, Iran denied IAEA inspectors access to the site, which is believed hold 3,000 centrifuges and be operated by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), because the site is located within a military compound.

In our next part, we will learn about Iran’s foreign intelligence estimates and how they seek to destroy the MEK.

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