United Press International
WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- Iran is using
academic institutions as a cover for research and
development of its nuclear weapons program, a leading
opposition figure said Monday.
record of lies and deceptions, using academic
institutions to develop a nuclear bomb, makes it even
more difficult to stop Iran's secret development of a
nuclear weapon," said Alireza Jafarzadeh, president of
Strategic Policy Consulting.
(academic) nuclear sites involved in research and
development of Iran's nuclear weapons program, which
remain un-inspected by the (International Atomic Energy
Agency) inspectors to date," he continued.
Jafarzadeh, who insisted his information was
"precise and verified" from sources inside the hard-line
regime, said they include Imam Hossein University of the
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Tehran.
Extensive tests and research for production of
nuclear weapons take place at the university, which is
the main academic facility for training the personnel
and commanders of the IRGC and members of the regime's
intelligence security, said Jafarzadeh.
Imam Hossein University has a scientific group and a
nuclear physics department," he said. "The fact that a
nuclear physics unit exists in a military university
related to the IRGC suggests the regime's goals in
procuring a nuclear weapon."
Jafarzadeh, senior cleric Hassan Rowhani, former
secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council
and then nuclear negotiator with Europe, has conceded
that the regime has used universities to conceal nuclear
At a council speech last October,
Rowhani reportedly acknowledged that the regime had
conducted several tests under the cover of academic
research and tried to keep it hidden from the IAEA.
Iran is currently engaged in a stand-off with
the international community over its nuclear program,
which it contends is for peaceful