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Report: Quest for Nuclear Weapon at the 'Heart of Iran's Program'

By    |   Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 08:12 PM

Despite repeated promises to the West, Iran never ended its covert nuclear weapons program, according to a new report on Tehran’s efforts to develop an atomic warhead.

With less than a week remaining before the Nov. 24 deadline to conclude nuclear talks between Iran and six international powers including the United States, the release of the 100-page report by the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) is certain to reinforce longstanding skepticism about Tehran’s willingness to halt its efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

The report was issued Thursday —  coincidentally the same day that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said Iran had failed to provide information to his agency about suspected atomic bomb research, one of the six powers' conditions for lifting sanctions.

The ISJ report was jointly authored by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Robert Joseph, and former European parliament Vice President Alejo Vidal Quadras , The Washington Free Beacon reported.

"Tehran has worked systematically on all the necessary aspects of obtaining nuclear weapons, such as enrichment, weaponization, warhead, and delivery system at some stage," they wrote. "In other words, Iran has worked on specific programs and projects to master all necessary aspects of obtaining a nuclear weapon."

The report states that Iran’s civilian and military nuclear programs operate in tandem. Instead of ending its military program, Iran has altered its structure in an attempt to conceal its work from the IAEA. Universities under the control of the Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian Defense Ministry have played key roles "in acting as a bridge" between the two programs, according to the report.

"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, Teheran 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," Joseph said.

The 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."

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," said Bolton, who also served as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

"For the rest of the world to ignore the mullahs' single-minded determination would be extraordinarily dangerous for international peace and security," he added.


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Despite repeated promises to the West, Iran never ended its covert nuclear weapons program, according to a new report on Tehran's efforts to develop an atomic warhead. With less than a week remaining before the Nov. 24 deadline to conclude nuclear talks between Iran and...
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