On Friday, December 18, The Associated Press revealed that the Iranian regime had begun construction a site at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo, near the holy city of Qom, some 90 kilometers southwest of Tehran. According to satellite images from Maxar Technologies, the construction is taking place at a northwest corner of the site.
According to the AP, Iranian officials have not publicly acknowledged any new construction at Fordo facilities. “While the purpose of the building remains unclear, any work at Fordo likely will trigger new concern[s],” the AP noted adding. “Already, Iran is building at its Natanz nuclear facility after a mysterious explosion in July there that Tehran described as a sabotage attack.”
The Iranian regime’s mission to the United Nations claimed that “none of Iran’s nuclear activities are secret.” This is while President Hassan Rouhani explicitly admitted to the regime’s secrecy during nuclear negotiations.
“While we were talking with the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the facility in Isfahan. In fact, by creating a calm environment, we were able to complete the work in Isfahan,” Rouhani wrote in his book, titled “National Security and Nuclear Diplomacy” in 2011.
Additionally, in his January 22 interview with state-run TV Channel Four, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali-Akbar Salehi revealed that the regime did deceive foreign nuclear negotiators and watchdog over Arak heavy water facility.
“When IAEA inspectors told us to pour cement into the Arak reactor’s tubes… we said: ‘Fine. We will pour.’ But we did not tell them that We had bought the same quantity of similar tubes and had other tubes,” Salehi admitted.
All the while, Tehran voluntarily reported neither any activity nor any location. Instead, Iranian authorities restricted the UN nuclear watchdog to inspect suspected sites. Furthermore, in November, when the director-general of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi exposed Iran has breached its nuclear obligations, members of the Parliament (Majlis) immediately called for expelling inspectors.
According to Grossi’s November 18 report, Iran had breached the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), by enriching uranium up to 4.5 percent and stockpiling over ten-time what has permitted under the deal.
It is worth reminding that the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) revealed the regime’s suspicious nuclear activities at the Fordo site in December 2005. Relying on the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the NCRI provided damning details about military aspects of Tehran’s nuclear activities.
According to the NCRI, “in 1981, the mullahs’ regime made a decision to chart a path to obtain nuclear weapons and the associated technology. Mohammad Hossein Beheshti—one of the closest clerical confidants of the regime’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini—told the country’s nuclear research managers in 1981 that Iran’s policy is to obtain a nuclear weapon.”
Since the time the Iranian opposition frequently revealed the mullahs’ efforts for achieving nuclear weapons. As the latest revelation, on October 16, the NCRI-U.S. Representative Office exposed two new atomic sites in Tehran and Isfahan provinces.
Deputy Director of the NCRI-U.S. Rep. Office Alireza Jafarzadeh revealed that the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) expanded the regime’s nuclear activities under the supervision and command of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who killed by unidentified persons in Tehran on November 27.