International media attend and cover 2022 #Natanz20 Conference

Media Coverage: The 20th Anniversary of Natanz Revelation

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES — On Wednesday, August 17, 2022, the National Council of Resistance of Iran – U.S. Representative Office (NCRI-US), held a conference on Iran on the 20th anniversary of its 2002 groundbreaking revelation of the secret Natanz nuclear site in Iran. Below are excerpts of international media coverage of the conference.

Arab News, August 18, 2022: Former US officials call for regime change in Iran led by the nation’s people

Wednesday’s conference was organized to examine Iran’s current nuclear agenda on the 20th anniversary of the NCRI press conference in Washington that revealed to the world the existence of a secret Iranian nuclear program at the Natanz and Arak nuclear facilities.

The speakers included John Bolton, a former US national security advisor and ambassador; Gen. Chuck Wald, former deputy commander of US European Command; Robert Joseph, former undersecretary of state for arms control and international security; Joe Lieberman, a former senator; Olli Heinonen, a former deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency; and Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the NCRI’s Washington office.

Jafarzadeh said that the Iranians will never abandon their nuclear ambitions because they see the program as a way to guarantee the survival of the regime and deter any potential foreign attack or military intervention. He urged the US government to support the Iranian people in their push for change in Tehran. MORE…

John, Gizzi, NEWSMAX, August 17, 2022: Organized Opposition Waiting To Take Over In Iran, Experts Say

Agreeing that the theocratic regime in Iran is weaker than it has been since the revolution that brought it to power, a group of experts concluded Wednesday that there was an organized structure on the ground waiting to take over once the ruling government is toppled.

That was the conclusion of a panel of experts who gathered in Washington, D.C. Wednesday at a forum organized by an Iranian opposition group known as the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Among the panelists were former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., former White House national security adviser John Bolton, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Robert Joseph, retired Air Force Gen. Charles “Chuck” Wald, arms and science expert Olli Heinonen and author Alireza Jafarzadeh. MORE…

Independent, August 18, 2022: Iran deal opponents make last-ditch effort to sway Biden administration

As President Joe Biden’s administration looks to be set on rejoining the Iran nuclear deal, a coalition of Tehran hawks is rising to urge him to halt his course.

Negotiations are continuing in Vienna as the US and Iran inch closer to an agreement. But some, especially DC’s conservative-leaning foreign policy establishment, are worried that the president has lost focus on the main goal: Preventing Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon. MORE…

Clare M. Lopez, NESMAX, August 18, 2022: Appeasement Means Iran’s Nukes Quest Unabated

Almost exactly 20 years ago, on Aug. 14, 2002, Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)-U.S. held a news conference at Washington, D.C.’ s historic Wilard Hotel. 

For the first time, details about Iran’s clandestine nuclear weapons program were unveiled. Satellite photographs helped provide specific details about the Natanz enrichment site and the secret Arak heavy water production plant in the nation of Iran. 

Over the coming months and years, other revelations about the Iranian nuclear program surfaced.

Fast forwarding to Aug. 17 of this year, Jafarzadeh headed another NCRI press conference, again at the Willard. MORE…

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