By Heshmat Alavi
Forbes, April 21, 2017 - Days after the U.S. State Department issued a quarterly report informing Congress of Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement sealed between Tehran and the international community back in 2015, the U.S. office of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Washington held a press conference Friday shedding new light on how the mullahs’ regime is in fact continuing its effort to manufacture atomic weapons.
The NCRI provided new information on the “nerve center” directing Iran’s nuclear weapons drive and in charge of designing the bomb. This entity is continuing its work and efforts to this day, according to the NCRI.
The engineering unit behind Iran’s nuclear weapons program is dubbed the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, known through the Persian acronym SPND. This organization, first exposed by the NCRI back in 2011, consists of seven different subdivisions or sections, each responsible for specific portions and aspects of Iran’s nuclear weapons research.
The NCRI has a history of unveiling Iran’s nuclear activities and especially those focused in SPND. This entity has various secret locations in Tehran, some within the city vicinity and some in the outskirts, and also around Karaj, west of the Iranian capital, which the NCRI is continuing its research into.
The information obtained cited by the NCRI is from within the Iranian regime and obtained through a network affiliated to the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the largest of the NCRI’s five organization members. This organ is famous for first blowing the while on Iran’s nuclear weapons program in 2002 by unveiling a secret uranium enrichment plant and heavy water site.
The PMOI/MEK has obtained its information from onsite observations and reports compiled by its affiliated sources within the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the Defense Ministry and SPND. This evidence shows Iran has maintained its nuclear bomb-making apparatus intact and their activities have continued without being subsided despite the JCPOA signing.
IRGC Brigadier General Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi, aka Dr. Hassan Mohseni, and recognized as the father of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, currently heads SPND and is known to be the key figure in Tehran’s atomic weapons drive.