This week an ex-foreign minister of Iran openly admitted to Iran’s pursuit of nuclear material.
Ali Akbar Velayati, a long time adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said in an interview with the Iranian weekly, Panjereh, that Iran bought its first centrifuges from Pakistan in 1986, and then transported them in the private jet belonging to then Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini.
This is while just a couple of weeks ago, the Iranian paper Aftab claimed that what I have disclosed in my book, “A Time to Betray,” and in subsequent interviews was a lie and just another plot by the CIA against the Islamic regime to create psychological warfare!
I reported that Iran started its pursuit of the nuclear bomb in the mid-80s in response to Saddam’s pursuit of the same and with the personal permission of Ayatollah Khomeini. A year after my report to the CIA, the Revolutionary Guards made contact with Pakistani officials, including Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, specifically to buy the bomb, but ended up with the centrifuges instead.
It’s important to note that after the revelation of their nuclear pursuit in the 90s, the Iranian officials originally claimed that the centrifuges were homemade and not imported from a third party. However, that explanation did not fly with the IAEA, which had concerns over traces of highly enriched uranium found at the inspection sites!
It is imperative that the West recognize Iran’s claim – that their nuclear project is just for peaceful means – is nothing more than a big lie! Think about it: When Iran was buying the centrifuges for their clandestine nuclear project in the mid-80s, were they really thinking about peaceful energy? At the time, they were on the losing end of a bloody war with Iraq, who was being supported and armed by the West. Iran knew Saddam was actively pursuing a nuclear bomb.
Iran is developing the nuclear bomb. They are determined to have that bomb.
If we don’t stop them, who will?