BEHIND THE IRAN HEADLINES Series, August 20, 2023, Alireza Jafarzadeh, NCRI-US Deputy Director
On the momentous occasion of the 20th anniversary of the revelation of the Natanz nuclear project, Alireza Jafarzadeh, Deputy Director of NCRI-US, eloquently elucidates the profound significance embedded within this pivotal event.
In August 2002, the world awoke to the horrific scope of the nuclear threat posed by Iran’s regime when the National Council of Resistance of Iran NCRI, sharing intelligence gathered by the MEK’s network inside Iran, revealed Iran’s covert nuclear activities in two sites, the Natanz uranium enrichment facility and Arak heavy water facility, providing two parallel pathways to fissile material, the central element for making a nuclear bomb.
This revelation, a testament to the NCRI’s unwavering commitment to peace, triggered global alarms, leading to IAEA inspections and six UNSC resolutions. However, the clerical regime’s deception and the international community’s fragmented responses have deepened the crisis.
In essence, the nuclear challenge posed by the regime is a reflection of its governance, and the actual end to this threat would only be achieved when a democratic and non-nuclear republic emerges following the regime’s overthrow by the Iranian people.
Because only a genuinely democratic regime, rooted in Iran’s legacy of resistance and desire for freedom, would prioritize its citizens’ well-being over nuclear ambitions and assure regional and global security.
Iranians, with a history spanning over a century of seeking freedom and justice, are on the brink of a monumental shift, a revolution in the making. The recent nationwide uprisings, cultivated by the Iranian people’s enduring spirit of resistance, signify this historic but soon-to-be-fulfilled desire for change.