As Iranian President Rouhani introduced his new cabinet to parliament on Tuesday, he made remarks that showed his concern over the consequences of new sanctions for human rights abuses, export of terrorism, and ballistic missile development. However, his remarks also revealed that regime has not abandoned the nuclear weapons program.
He warned, “If Americans want to return to those experiences, Iran certainly in a short time – not weeks and months but hours and days - will return to a more advanced situation than the start of negotiations.”
According to State-run Mehr News Agency, Rouhani’s deputy, and head of the regime’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, who was directly involved in JCPOA talks, made a similar statement four days earlier, “We created a lot of bridges to return to the previous conditions (prior to the nuclear agreement) much quicker and better.” Salehi continued, "Nuclear activity is going on better than the past in the area of enrichment and heavy water production and the new design of the Arak plant in cooperation with the Chinese and the extraction of uranium.”
Using the concessions they gained via the nuclear deal, the regime continues its nuclear projects, while they abuse the clause related to continued nuclear research.
At a press conference in Washington DC on April 21, 2017, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) disclosed at that the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), who is responsible for weaponization of the regime’s nuclear program, has continued to work with all its sub-groups, after implementation of the JCPOA. The NCRI shed light on an unknown site in Parchin, which is being used by the “Centre for Explosives, Blast Research and Technologies (METFAZ)”, a sub group of SPND, to research the weaponization of the nuclear program. This site is known as “Pajouhesh Kadeh”, (which translates to “Research Institute”), and is a major activity site for METFAZ.
The three essential pillars necessary to prop up the regime are the suppression and violation of human rights, the development of a nuclear bomb, and the export of terrorism.
In trying to continue to pursue these policies, Iran’s government has used the appeasement policies of some Western governments. Decisive policies for Iran and tough sanctions for their human rights violations, export of terrorism, and missile and nuclear projects is needed to end the Middle East crisis, that also affects other parts of the world.