IRAN is “digging tunnels and building underground facilities for sensitive security and military initiatives in the pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles”, a chilling document has claimed.
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The explosive claim was made in an official Iranian Resistance paper, produced by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The NCRI document contains damning assertions which implicate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the production and concealment of nuclear-ready ballistic missiles. An NCRI representative has spoken to Express.co.uk about his group’s concerns.
The NCRI manuscript, entitled Iran’s Ballistic Buildup, states: “On the basis of conclusions gleaned from the country’s defeat in the Iran-Iraq war, the regime began digging tunnels and building underground facilities for sensitive security and military initiatives.”
It continues: “It was decided that all the regime’s sensitive military sites, nuclear-related facilities, and missile-related facilities should be relocated to underground sites or to sites built inside mountains.
“Some of the most senior IRGC commanders have pursued this project since the Iran-Iraq ceasefire in 1988.”
The paper purports to reveal the exact “names and details” of the “main companies involved in building tunnels and secret military facilities”.
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They include ‘Khatam al-Anbia Construction Headquarters’, which the paper claims “is the primary oversight body for all IRGC and other military engineering units”.
The document goes on to contend ‘Pars Banay-e Sabz Construction and Industrial Company’ and ‘Parsian Technology Company’ are involved in building tunnels, missile launch pads, ammunition bunkers and military structures.
Hossein Abedini, a representative from the anti-regime faction, warned it was not just Iran’s bellicose nuclear weapons policy that was of concern.
He told Express.co.uk: “When we are dealing with this terrorist fanatic regime in Iran, there is a package of concerns.
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“And unfortunately in the so-called nuclear agreement, they only dealt with nuclear.
“They coupled it with human rights and terrorism and the other threats of the regime.”
In July 2014 the so-called P5+1, a group of UN Security Council nations comprising the UK, China, France, Russia and the United States, signed an accord with Iran to try to thwart the Middle Eastern country’s nuclear energy programme, which the West maintained it was using as a front to develop a nuclear bomb.
Mr Abedini said: “The policy has only emboldened the regime and its aggressive foreign policy of using terrorism, hostage-taking and kidnapping as a main tool for its diplomacy.”
The NCRI member was the victim of a failed assassination attempt in Turkey while he was trying to help Iranian refugees.
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He said: “My car was ambushed and I was shot in the chest.
“It very narrowly missed my heart.”
The pro-regime-change champion claimed the Iranian regime targeted him directly because of his political opposition.
Under the 2015 nuclear deal, which Iran and world powers signed, Tehran claimed to have significantly scaled back its nuclear enrichment and given up its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
The head of Iran’s nuclear programme Ali Akbar Salehi maintains his nation’s nuclear programme is only to create fuel.
He claimed on Sunday Iranian scientists are “on the threshold” of producing 20 percent uranium fuel.
He said: “This is distinct from the previous 20 percent fuel produced, and we can provide fuel to any reactor similar to the Tehran reactor.”