Iranian secretary-general: Intention to visit Parchin is excuse to obtain military secrets

Posted on November 26, 2012

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IAEA’s intention to visit the Parchin military complex is just an excuse to obtain Iran’s secret military information, secretary-general of Iranian Islamic Coalition party, nuclear expert Hassan Ghafourifard said in Baku.

The Secretary general said Iran does not move towards creating an atomic bomb, something that Western states believe the Islamic Republic intends to do.

“The top leaders have said that we do not need the atomic bomb, we’re not moving into that direction. This should be reassuring to the world. We’re not afraid of anyone,” Ghafourifard said.

“Iran has been co-operating with IAEA all the way, and continues to do so. In times of president Mohammad Khatami’s ruling, we started following the NPT protocol, even before the Majlis (parliament) agreed on it,” he said.

On Nov. 16, IAEA reported that Iran has been conducting “extensive activities” at the Parchin military compound – an allusion to suspected Iranian attempts to remove evidence – would seriously undermine an agency investigation into indications that research relevant to developing a nuclear explosive were conducted there.

Being a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from from the University of Kansas, Ghafourifard outlined several points regarding Iran’s nuclear program, and Western states’ claims against it.

“First, we are very concerned by the fact that the information available to IAEA is also available for Israel,” Ghafourifard said, adding that leaked information caused the deaths of several Iranian nuclear scientists in the past.

“Second, IAEA does not have the right to request, at any point, to visit country’s political and military areas,” he said.

The third point was more technical, as Ghafourifard explained why Western claims regarding Iran’s Parchin military complex, are baseless.

“Anyone familiar with nuclear physics would know that it is impossible to wash away or cover up the remains of nuclear tests,” the secretary general said. “For instance, when the Chernobyl catastrophe broke out, the radiation from that place reached Argentina. That is with Russia being in Northern hemisphere and Argentina in the Southern one.”

Ghafourifard also mentioned the fact that the Western experts can easily check whether the nuclear tests took place or not, without actually visiting the spot.

“Western countries have special devices that measure the radiation levels, which can detect the radiation level even after all the washing and covering up,” he said. “They make aerial photos, and have facilities where tests on insects, snakes or scorpions can determine whether a body has been exposed to radiation.”

The IAEA delivered its latest quarterly Iran report 10 days after U.S. President Barack Obama’s November 7 re-election raised hopes of a revival of nuclear diplomacy with Iran following speculation that Israel might bomb Iranian nuclear facilities.

Tehran denies U.S. and Israeli allegations that it is seeking a nuclear weapons capability, saying its programme is entirely for peaceful energy. But U.N. inspectors suspect past, and possibly ongoing, military-related nuclear activity.

“If reformists abandon presidential elections, it will lead to their own destruction”

Speaking of the upcoming presidential elections in Iran, Ghafourifard said that if reformists to abandon the upcoming presidential elections in Iran, it will eventually lead to their own destruction.

Previously some organizations including the Coordinating Council of the Reformers said they will not submit a list of candidates and not nominate anyone for the next parliamentary elections, despite that Iranian media reported of 15-20 reformists currently residing in the parliament.

Presently, reformist political groups in Iran said that in January of 2013, a special assembly would be established for the parties to bring their positions closer before the 2013 elections.

Spokesman for Coordination Front’s reform council, Najafqulu Habibi said that this assembly would hold meetings on 16-17 January in Tehran.

The Coordination Front’s reform council will create the opportunity to allow groups and reformist parties of Iran to meet and find joint solutions regarding the upcoming presidential elections.

Regarding the upcoming presidential elections in Iran that are scheduled to be held in June 2013, Hassan Ghafourifard believes the reformists will participate, and present their candidates.

“I definitely believe that reformists will participate in the elections, however it is yet unclear if they plan to promote it, or do it quietly. The candidates have already been introduced,” Ghafourifard said.

“Iran is a free country, which means any group can participate at the elections if they accept the Supreme Leader, and if the conditions in the constitution are acceptable for them,” he said, adding that the conservatives supports reformists’ participation at the elections.

The Secretary-general also said that the largest political parties of Iran already expressed their will to participate at the upcoming elections, and there will also be other different groups taking part in the election process.

“I know that conservatives are unlikely to come to a single candidate. As of now there are some 20 people who can become candidates,” he said. “There will probably be 3-4 representatives from both conservatives and reformists. This number may be higher, if approved by the Guardian Council.”

A week ago, Iran’s political reformist groups met country’s former president Mohammad Khatami, and expressed their will to have Khatami as a candidate at the upcoming elections.

Khatami himself said that he still waits for the positive changes in the country, and will reveal his decision when the time is right. Khatami was president from 1997 to 2005, for two consecutive terms.

Representatives of reformist parties noted that if Khatami is not to present himself as a candidate at the upcoming elections, they will be participating as one candidate.

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