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Saturday, June 19, 2004

 

Iran: An effort to cover up

Iran threatening to resume enrichment of uranium after a tough United Nation resolution criticized the country for not cooperating with nuclear inspectors. In the meantime, we have a fox news exclusive for you. New satellite images which show the before and after picture at the Natanz facility in Iran and what looks like.

 

Dari Alexander: Joining us now is Alireza Jafarzadeh. He is a Fox News foreign affair analyst and the former US representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Welcome. How serious is Iranís nuclear program?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well, I think these recent revelations and the IAEA report clearly show that itís been very, very serious; I think if nothing is done, Iran within the next two years will be able to get its hands on the nuclear weapon. They have consistently violated their commitments to stop the enrichment of uranium, they have lied to the United Nationís inspectors, they committed themselves to stopping the enrichment while they were actually producing parts for the machines, and I think these images that you saw a little earlier, in the site in Natanz --that is the site I revealed in August of2002-- there is a huge uranium enrichment facility.

 

Dari Alexander: Hook us up, this is the before image -----

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Ok, this is the before image that, what you see is the two huge halls that looks like there are cement on the ground and there is a little hall in the middle, those are the big halls that would eventually have some 50,000 centrifuge machines, that once completed, it would give Iran the capacity of producing enough of this material for 15 to 20 bombs a year, now that picture that you see here is now the more recent Ö

 

Dari Alexander: Letís put up the after now, Ö

 

 

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: The after picture shows, well this is still the previous one, but the after picture shows this has now covered itself under ground.

 

Dari Alexander: Wow, there is noting there, nothing there to the naked eye.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: It is twenty five feet deep; it is protected by 8 feet thick concrete Ö

 

Dari Alexander: Why hide this? Why hide this?

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: The primary reason they wanted them underground is to protect the site against air strikes.

 

Dari Alexander: But, why would the US or Israel or anybody else have any reason to strike the power plant?

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Obviously, they are afraid, that people will find out that this isnít --as they claimed-- for peaceful purposes, this isnít like Netherlands trying to put up nuclear facilities, this is a part of a very sophisticated nuclear weapons program.

 

Dari Alexander: And on that point we just want to keep showing the people, pictures we can put up the military positions, right here we are also seeing that it looks as though they have set up fighting positions.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: This certainly looks like that, they want to be able to protect this against air strikes or any other attacks against the site, and I think we should keep in mind that this is just one site; it was not declared by Iran, that it was revealed by Iranian opposition, there are so many other sites ---

 

Dari Alexander: On that point if we could put up the Arak, is that how you pronounce it, not the country but Arak, right there that is apparently a plutonium facilityÖ

 

 

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: This is a heavy water facility, what Iran is trying to do is to have a heavy water nuclear reactor, that using the heavy water that is produced there, is going to give them plutonium that is as useful as the unriched uranium for making the bomb; they have two parallel ways of getting the bomb.

 

Dari Alexander: So, bottom line you donít buy the fact that they are saying these plants are just for electricity.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Absolutely not, and let me tell you one thing, the IAEA inspectors very recently found traces of highly enriched uranium up to 36 percent in this very site that first you saw in Natanz, which is way beyond 3 to 3.5 percent enrichment for peaceful purposes. So this, by no means, justifies a peaceful program, after all the lies they have been doing, the concealment, the number of serious unanswered questions that the IAEA has been pressing Tehran to get the answers, but they come up with no answers.

 

Dari Alexander: And on that note to be continued, thank you very much.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Thank you, Dari.

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