Tehran’s demonization of MEK is a sign of the value of its nuclear disclosures
In 2002, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) revealed the first key details about the Iranian regime’s nuclear program. Since then, this issue has remained a major concern for policymakers working on Iran’s strategy in the United States, the European Union and much of the world. The MEK, meanwhile, continued to unveil new details about Iran’s illicit activities, both new and old.
Reports prepared by the Iranian Resistance identified undeclared nuclear sites and described the organizational structure of institutions dedicated to the militarization of the regime’s nuclear research – institutions that remained active long after the conclusion of international negotiations that brought about. to some extent delayed Tehran’s progress towards acquiring a nuclear bomb.
The regime has attempted to deceive the global community with its persistent denials and public insistence that even the most advanced and provocative nuclear activities are only intended for power generation and other civilian functions. . This story was repeated in front of an international audience on Sunday when Sputnik, the Russian state news agency, published an interview with the new head of the regime’s Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Eslami.
Unsurprisingly, Eslami repeated this false claim that “under the law of the Islamic Republic and the fatwa of the Supreme Leader of Iran, the development of nuclear weapons is prohibited,” he said. “Therefore, our nuclear program is exclusively peaceful and we will enrich the uranium in such a way as to avoid going beyond the authorized level. “
The fatwa in question was issued by Ali Khamenei in the mid-1990s, but was first announced publicly in 2003, coincidentally just as international pressure on the newly revealed underground program intensified. The religious edict vaguely considers nuclear weapons to be at odds with the Muslim faith, thus making them prohibited to Iran as an Islamic theocracy. However, the regime retaining its power remains above all rules and laws, and this fatwa was another false move to deceive the international community.
In February, the regime’s intelligence minister, Mahmoud Alavi, boasted: “The fatwa bans the production of nuclear weapons, but if they push Iran in these directions, it is not the fault of the government. ‘Iran,’ he said. “Those who pushed Iran in this direction will be to blame.”
In other words, he recognized that the regime was ready to become a nuclear weapon state. But of course, this matches the warnings that have been offered on countless occasions over the years by the Iranian Resistance.
The regime continued its efforts to delegitimize the PMOI’s findings and demonize itself internationally.
This trend was also exposed in Eslami’s interview with Sputnik. Asked directly about issues relating to undeclared nuclear sites and the regime’s refusal to be candid with the International Atomic Energy Agency about them, Eslami attempted to blame and blame the PMOI. to spread “fake news”.
“They continue to try to present false documents, allegedly satellite photos, the authenticity of which is not confirmed,” Eslami said. “The photos were taken in the 1990s, but they are presented as recent. The IAEA, as an international body, should not fall into these traps and become a puppet in the hands of this terrorist group.
In fact, the MEK has never distorted the timeline of its findings. He prepared reports based on satellite images spanning many years at the same sites and thus demonstrated that Tehran went to great lengths to demolish and clean up the sites of clandestine nuclear activities once this activity was brought to light. for the attention of the international community. Eslami’s comments are part of the regime’s strategy to deceive the international community.
The IAEA has extensively reported on Tehran’s refusal to cooperate on this issue, and at no time did it do so on the assumption that the undisclosed sites, in themselves, pose an imminent threat of nuclear explosion. from Iran. The real meaning of the question is that it reveals the lack of comprehensive international understanding of what Tehran had accomplished in the nuclear field prior to the 2002 revelations, as well as between that time and the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The undisclosed nuclear sites also point to a broader pattern of the regime’s escape and deception, and it is this pattern, more than anything else, that the MEK has sought to highlight for policymakers working on the Iranian nuclear dossier.
With virtually every revelation the Iranian Resistance offers, there is an ineffective refutation of the Iranian regime and a blatant attempt to poison the well. The MEK’s intelligence reports were accurate, while Tehran’s denials and hijackings were clearly lacking in evidence, loaded with rhetoric, and hinged on dismissing its critics with labels. “
The international community must take the regime’s nuclear threat seriously and impose sanctions to curb its activities. They should know how threatened the regime is by the revelations still coming from the PMOI.