In a newly revealed videotape of a pre-election interview, Iran’s new president bragged about deceiving the West over the Islamic regime’s illicit nuclear program and claimed credit for vastly expanding it.
Hassan Rowhani, dubbed a “moderate and reformist” by worldwide media in June after his election, took the oath of office Sunday with the blessing of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
However, the video shows Rowhani is anything but a moderate, one who not only is committed to the ideals and goals of the Islamic regime but one who proudly boasted of his deceptions during his tenure as the regime’s nuclear negotiator starting in October 2003 in talks with France, Britain and Germany.
“The day that we invited the three European ministers (to the talks), only 10 centrifuges were spinning at (the Iranian nuclear facility of) Natanz,” Rowhani said on the tape. “We could not produce one gram of U4 or U6 (uranium hexafluoride). … We did not have the heavy-water production. We could not produce yellow cake. Our total production of centrifuges inside the country was 150.”
But then Rowhani admitted the purpose of prolonged negotiations: “We wanted to complete all of these — we needed time.”
He said the three European ministers promised to block the U.S. desire to transfer the Iran nuclear dossier to the United Nations, using veto power if necessary. He called Iran’s claim that it stopped its nuclear program in 2003 a statement for the uneducated and admitted that the program not only was not stopped but was significantly expanded under his tenure.
While President George W. Bush was increasing pressure on Iran in 2007, a report by American intelligence agencies concluded that Iran halted its nuclear program in 2003 and that the program had remained frozen since.
In the interview, Rowhani said that when he took over the country’s nuclear project, the country’s 150 centrifuges grew to over 1,700 by the time he left the project.
“Do you know when Bushehr’s (Iran nuclear power plant) first phase was completed? The beginning of 2004,” Rowhani said on the tape. “Do you know when the next phase was inaugurated? The fall of 2004. Do you know when the project was completed? March of 2005. How about the heavy-water plant? Do you know when the production started? The summer of 2004. Do you know when yellow cake was produced? The winter of 2004. Do you know when the number of centrifuges reached 3,000? In 2005.”
Then Rowhani made his boldest statement: “We did not stop, we completed the program.”
He said that Iran’s nuclear activity was under the supervision of the supreme leader and that he, as Khamenei’s representative, was to make sure of this deceit.
So the question remains, would the U.S. and Europe engage in the same old song and dance allowing the Islamic regime time or have they learned their lesson by now?
The Washington Times
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