Alireza Jafarzadeh interview with
Fox News on Iran’s nuclear promises
November 23, 2004
An Eye on Iran
claims they have frozen their uranium enrichment programs; our next guest says Iran
has no plans to abandon nuclear programs. Joining us from our Washington,
DC bureau is Fox News Foreign
Affairs Analyst Alireza Jafarzadeh. Thank you for joining us.
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Thank You, E.D. Good morning.
E.D. Hill: Good Morning. You’ve revealed that there are several Iranian nuclear facilities and we saw some… I
believe it was just a still shot… a satellite photo earlier on. How can you be
so certain that the facilities that you are looking at are actually up and
running, that are producing things they are not suppose to?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well the previous facilities that
were revealed the main source was actually Iran’s
opposition, the National Council of Resistance. Later on, the UN inspectors
were able to go to Natanz they found centrifuge machines there being mounted,
being assembled there. Then they went to Arak,
they found this heavy water facility as the opposition had revealed, they went
to Ab-Ali, they saw machines being tested; they have
been to so many other places that actually claims by the Iranian opposition were
E.D. Hill: Yeah
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Now this latest revelation by the
Iranian opposition that talks about two sites; one in Lavizan that the
opposition says that Iran
is now doing laser enrichment, something Iran
has said that they are not doing at all; and the other one in Parchin again doing laser enrichment. And the opposition is
urging the IAEA to send their inspectors to inspect the place before they make
any decisions in the upcoming meeting on Nov 25th.
E.D. Hill: But isn’t Iran
saying “Look you’ve got our word. We told you we are going to stop enriching
uranium. You’ve got to believe that. We are not letting people in here.” And France
seem to feel that this time they can trust Iran.
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well, E.D. Iran has proven to be
not trust worthy at all. In fact they made the promise last year in October to
freeze their nuclear enrichment program; later on they resumed their program.
Now this latest promise, I think is intended to take away the wind from a US
push to refer Iran’s
file to the United Nations Security Council only days before the upcoming meeting.
It has no other purposes. After all, Iran
has said that this is temporary and not permanent. Kharrazi the foreign
minister of the Iranian regime said today that in three months they are going
to look at this whole deal and they will decide if they will continue freezing
the enrichment program or they will resume their nuclear activities. So really
there is no real deal there, there is no halt of their enrichment program.
That’s why I think this is a serious situation. Iran’s
file should have been referred to the UN Security Council last year and the US
should insist on it this year.
E.D. Hill: But to be real frank, why do they care
whether they are referred to the Security Council or not. We see what has happened in the past; they really
shouldn’t have that much to fear those at the Security Council. They say
something about it, but there is not really anything they are going to do about
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well, I agree with you E.D. I
think the Security Council should not be the only means I think any effort on
the part of the Security Council must be backed by political pressure otherwise
nothing will come out of it. I think the US
should make Iran’s
nuclear weapons program, which is an asset to them now, into a major liability
by threatening the very existence of the Iranian regime. And the way to do it
is to reach out to the Iranian opposition who are already trying to unseat the
E.D. Hill: Alireza Jafarzadeh, thank you very much
for joining us
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Thank you very much E.D.
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