Paris, 27 March (IPS) A leading French newspaper said on 26 March 2008 that it had access to documents proving that not only a report of the American intelligence services saying Iran had stopped its military nuclear programmes on 2003 is not correct, but the regime continued these activities after 2003.
This document, which shows that the Islamic Republic of Iran continues after 2003 its military nuclear works, was presented on 25 February 2008 by Mr. Heinonen to the Board of the Vienna-based IAEA
According to the influential daily Le Monde, in a letter sent to Mr. Qolamreza Aqazadeh, the Head of the Organisation of Atomic Energy of Iran (OAEI) in 2004, engineer Mehdi Khaniki, one of the principal Iranian interlocutors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recalls in particular that the inspectors of the IAEA - who act under the direction of the Finn Oli Heinonen, the deputy IAEA General Director - required to see the contracts relating to the acquisition of spare parts entering the development of the centrifugal machines. Assembled in "cascade", these centrifugal machines make it possible to enrich uranium, possibly for military uses.
"At a meeting which proceeded on 31 January 2004 in the presence of Dr. Rohani (Hassan Rohani, principal negotiator of the Iranian nuclear program until the end of 2005), this one decided that these contracts were to be prepared in accordance with the wishes of the AEOI, so that they be ready to be provided to the IAEA". "It is necessary to note, Khaniki adds, that the representative of the Ministry of Defense and Assistance to the Armed Forces indicated at this meeting that the contracts had been written for a presentation (for the IAEA)".
"But, Mahdi Khaniki continues, parts of these contracts, which I myself saw at the Ministry of Defence, were crossed out with black lines and the quantities did not appear; it thus seems that these contracts would create more questions than those which should (normally) be presented at Agency (IAEA)". And to conclude: "Naturally, I asked as a preliminary to engineer Mohamadi to prepare the number necessary of contracts (corrected) and I hope that it already did it".
This document, which shows that the Islamic Republic of Iran continues after 2003 its military nuclear works, was presented on 25 February 2008 by Mr. Heinonen to the Board of the Vienna-based IAEA and immediately provoked an angry outcry both from the regime’s officials as well as the pro-Government media, accusing Mr. Heinonen of “contravening IAEA’s regulations and playing at the hands of Americans”.
Officials from the Defense Ministry took part at nuclear meetings
“For the specialists of the Iranian nuclear issue, Le Monde says, this letter represents an obvious proof of the implication of the Iranian militaries in the nuclear file, while consolidating suspicions of the military character of this program and attesting efforts deployed by the Iranians to dissimulate the nature of the nuclear activities”.
According to sources close to a intelligence services, this mail lies within the scope of the "Project 13", whose heading is "project for the disappearance of the threats". This project would have vocation to mislead the inspectors of the IAEA. The Physics Research Centre (PHRC) of Lavizan Shian was thus renamed "AMAD", and its "departments" became "projects", in order to scramble the tracks. In a second time, probably in 2006, the name "AMAD" was also removed. Since then, in order to indicate the management of the military nuclear program, it is only made mention of the "Centre".
American intelligence services, in mid-December 2006, recorded a conversation between two not identified civil servants held at the Ministry of Defense in Teheran, talking about divergences between officials at the AEOI and the Defense Ministry. One of the two interlocutors refers to the "Centre" and underlines: "the AEOI was busy with its own interests, and its policy was at 180 degrees of ours. Currently, as for the CTBTO (Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation), I think that the Ministry of Defense must have the last word, because they (officials of the AEOI) knows that at the end we have the intention of making tests". Doubt remains on the nature of these "tests", but this reference reinforces the suspicions, Le Monde adds, in an article signed by Laurent Zecchini.
The information made public by Olli Heinonen, in February, in Vienna, contradicts partly the conclusions of the report made public by the National Intelligence Estimate in December 2007. To explain this inconsistency, certain French diplomats talks of a "major dysfunction" within the American administration.
The NIE report, denounced by the Bush Administration, was highly praised and exploited by the Government of the fanatic Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The NIE report, denounced by the Bush Administration, was highly praised and exploited by the Government of the fanatic Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in its confrontation with the United States and Israel, its two main enemies that insist that Tehran is developing nuclear weapons to destroy the Jewish State, an allegation that Iran denies and rejects, saying its nuclear programme has only peaceful aims.
“According to other sources, during 2007, the American intelligence services, as well as the Pentagon, were worried about the sabre-rattler climate which reigned then in Washington, and about the risk to see President George Bush opening a new military front against Iran. The purpose of the December report would then have been to cut short to the temptation of the American executive to resort to the force”, the paper said.
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