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Phillips: †There are reports Iran
is making massive quantities of a gas used to nuclear weapons. The question is:
will the county honor its agreement to suspend nuclear activities by the
Mike Jerrick: Alireza Jafarzadeh is with us. He is a
Fox News Foreign Affairs Analyst. Itís really great to see you again.
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Great to see you, Mike.
Mike Jerrick: I know that you revealed the existence
of several Iranian nuclear facilities. What is going on? Is there a brand new
site that we should be concerned about?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Actually there is. There are
actually two of them that were revealed by the Iranís
main opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, just a couple of
days ago in Paris.† One is in north east of Tehran,
in Lavizan area. Thatís the site that the opposition now says Iran
is doing laser enrichment. This is a new way of enriching uranium. This is
something that Iran
had claimed that they are not doing at all. In fact the latest report in
September by IAEA, there is a statement by Iran
that says they have abandoned any kind of laser enrichment. And now you have
this site that has all the equipments and facilities and they [the opposition] are
urging the IAEA to go and inspect the site. There is another site in the east
of Tehran, in an area called Parchin. And in that area, which is a large military
complex that they do explosive tests, they believe that there is laser
enrichment going on there.† This is just
an additional window into Iranís
nuclear weapons program, which was already very extensive, very secretive and very dangerous.
Now, Alireza, this sounds all credible, the pictures do seem alarming.
But we have seen this before. Of course, Secretary of State, Colin Powell and
Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, came and
they have also said the same thing. But right before we went into Iraq,
they were talking about weapons of mass destruction; nothing there. How good is
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well, there is a world of
difference. Because in the case of Iran,
weíre not just talking about accusations. We are talking about specific
facts that have been supported by IAEA inspections. Iran
didnít reveal any of these sites. It was the Iranian opposition that first
revealed them. Then the UN inspectors wanted to go and see the sites. And when
they went there, they found the sites, they found the centrifuge machines that were
sitting there, and they found various violations of the NPT. So these are
specific facts and locations, specific places, which is very different than
those unsubstantiated allegations related to the neighboring country.
Mike Jerrick: So what did they agree to do? Stop
enriching the Uranium? I mean turning tons and tons of ore into this supposedly
dual-purpose gas? They say itís for electricity, we along with some other
countries say itís for the bomb.
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well, Iran
was actually basically forced into this kind of agreement which I donít think
they are going to respect it, anyways. Because they made the same agreement
last year to suspend all their enrichment related activities and they violated
that. Now according to this agreement, starting from this coming Monday, they
will have to stop all enrichment related activities. What they are doing now,
they are converting yellow cake, huge amounts of it, to Uranium Hexafluoride.
Now, Uranium Hexafluoride is the feed for the centrifuge that can produce both nuclear fuel
but also fissile material for the bomb.†
Ok, Alireza, we have run out of time. Alireza Jafarzadeh, thank you so
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Youíre welcome.
Mike Jerrick: We will have to keep an eye on this. We
will have to have him back.
Julian Phillips: Definitely.
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