Iranian opposition group National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) disclosed during a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday that Iran is secretly conducting research into developing nuclear weapons components, which is in violation of the Iran Deal. NCRI says that Iran has been looking into bomb triggers and enriched uranium and is doing engineering and weaponization testing at a complex near Tehran. Alireza Jafrazadeh, NCRI’s Washington office deputy director, said the walled military complex is off limits to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is tasked with keeping an eye on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
“This is the site that has been kept secret,” Jafrazadeh said. “There is secret research to manufacture the bomb and basically cover up the real activities of the Iranian regime.”
“In order to avoid the leaking of intelligence and information on the Research Academy, the location is under heavy surveillance and control by the IRGC Intelligence’s protection service,” he continued.
NCRI’s announcement comes just days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that an “unchecked” Iran could become an even bigger threat to the world.
“Iran is the world’s leader state sponsor of terrorism,” the Secretary of State said, “and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining U.S. interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon, and continuing to support attacks against Israel.”
“The Trump administration is currently conducting across the entire government a review of our Iran policy… an unchecked Iran as the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and take the world along with it,” Tillerson continued. “The United States is keen to avoid a second piece of evidence that strategic patience is a failed approach.”