Collaboration aims for warheads capable of striking U.S.
By: REZA KAHLILI
Iran is well launched on two programs with North Korean and Chinese help to develop nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems with the goal of having both ready in less than a year, according to an intelligence officer of the regime.
The first program, code-named “Green Chariot,” a joint Iran-North Korea effort begun in 2008, seeks to complete the Islamic regime’s nuclear bomb program, said the source, who cannot be named for security reasons. The secret agreement, which would confront perceived threats from America and Israel, expanded collaboration on developing uranium nuclear warheads, producing and assembling centrifuges for enrichment, establishing underground facilities and working on mobile enrichment facilities.
The second program, code-named “Silk Cocoon,” expands the first program by developing intercontinental ballistic missiles that could be armed with nuclear warheads and with a capability to strike at the United States, England and France; other ballistic missiles could target Israel.
This collaboration, agreed to by North Korea and elements in the Chinese military, exported parts and new technology to Iran along with anti-missile batteries and surface-to-air batteries.
The agreement was signed by a “Mr. K.Y-N” of North Korea and by a “Maj. Gen. Z.C.” of China and witnessed by Iranian officials as investors in the project. Only nine individuals were involved in the agreement. Trusted contacts have been used through various international commercial and banking channels without knowledge of the agreement’s details.
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Three North Korean officials, including former premier Choe Yong-rim, and three Chinese officials, including a former chief of China National Nuclear Corp., joined these three Iranian officials in signing the agreement:
• Ahmad Vahid Dastjerdi, a Revolutionary Guard commander and major general and head of the protection of intelligence unit in the supreme leader’s office.
• Ahmad Vahidi, a former commander of the Quds Forces and current defense minister. He is wanted by Interpol for his involvement in the Jewish Community Center bombing of Buenos Aires in 1994.
• Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, the father of the Iranian nuclear bomb program.
The cost of the programs, which consist of three phases, has been estimated at $3.8 billion with 68 percent of the budget going to exports of technology and equipment from China and 32 percent for North Korean assistance. The first two phases were completed respectively in 2010 and 2012, according to the source.
One Chinese official, as the representative for the Chinese general, received $97 million in five transactions from Iran through banking channels in Malaysia; other transactions took place with collaboration of the Islamic Investments Bank. Another part of the financial transactions took place openly in 2010 through oil and drilling contracts with the Iranian company Hava Kish, located and registered on the Persian Gulf’s Kish Island, with Chinese petroleum companies. Part of that payment ensured the transfer of plans for miniaturizing nuclear bombs and in building nuclear warheads with guarantees on accuracy and the capability to arm such warheads on the Iranian Shahab 3 and North Korean No-Dong ballistic missiles. The nuclear program consisted of three phases:
Phase 1: Completion of infrastructure for uranium enrichment facilities and equipment, production of parts and then the assembly for newer cascades to enrich uranium both in Iran and North Korea. The intention was to have the capacity to produce up to 75,000 centrifuges. An Iranian official then invested $640 million in four companies related to the Chinese nuclear industry.
Phase 2: Transfer of Chinese plans, equipment, material and technology for forming, placing and making operational facilities to build uranium nuclear warheads, which was done through North Korea beginning in 2010 with construction work started by the Iranians at three secret locations.
Phase 3: This phase, already well underway, would develop nuclear warheads and marry them up with missiles and, according to the source, is scheduled to be completed by January 2014 to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and the Decade of Fajr.
The source said two Pakistani technicians and members of the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science entered Iran several months ago to help with uranium 235 pushers, graphite shock absorbers, electrical detonators and molding and placement of uranium 235.
Phase 3 calls for Iran and North Korea to conduct uranium nuclear bomb tests in the 50-kiloton range while Iran showcases its intercontinental ballistic missiles. The plan calls for making at least 10 nuclear warheads per year.
Bill Gertz of the Washington Beacon reported on June 28 that U.S. intelligence agencies had recently detected Iranian tests of a large rocket motor. One U.S. official said, “This engine could be used for an ICBM.”
Despite the Islamic regime being under crippling U.N., U.S. and EU sanctions, it has refused to stop its illicit nuclear program. Over a decade of negotiations with talks as recent as April with the 5+1 world powers have failed.
Iran’s nuclear energy chief, Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani, speaking to journalists in Russia on June 28, stated that nuclear fuel enrichment would “continue in line with our declared goals” and “the enrichment linked to fuel production will also not change.” Iran has declared that its nuclear activity is for peaceful purposes only.
A March WND exclusive revealed Iran’s latest secret nuclear site, named Quds (Jerusalem), which consists of 380 missile depots and facilities for regime scientists to work on nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles.
A U.S. nuclear weapons-effects test expert, who could not be named but who served at the U.S. Defense Nuclear Agency and who inspected more than 200 tunnel structures of Russian nuclear test sites as well as Russian operational facilities and silos, viewed the imagery of Iran’s new secret facility.
“The site is similar to a common approach by several other nuclear-capable countries which have used advanced design in hardening these types of tunnels or garages for a quick deployable system,” he said. “I understand exactly what Iran has at the site … the overheads indicate there are many apparent tunnel portals designed to hold a weapon and/or an operational controlling element (support system) for the weapons, an indication of an advanced design for a quick deployable nuclear weapons system capable of surviving retaliation. … This layout is very scary because it is … ready for the operational weapon systems to be installed, and then they are ready to take on the world.”
Watch video on the revelation of Iran’s secret nuclear site “Quds”: