(UnitedVoice.com) – A dissident group dedicated to overthrowing Iran’s regime claims it’s found a secret nuclear weapons lab in the rogue state. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a news conference on Friday, October 16, to announce the existence of a research facility that, it says, a team of nuclear scientists is using to develop atomic bombs.
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— NCRI-U.S. Rep Office (@NCRIUS) October 19, 2020
According to the NCRI, the lab is located inside a closed military zone near Sorkh-e Hisar, in the east of Tehran Province. Construction began in 2012; the facility became operational in 2017. It’s being run by the Iranian defense department’s research and development organization, parts of which are under US sanctions for their links to nuclear research.
Last month, the US imposed a new set of sanctions on Iran, including some directed at Iranian nuclear scientists linked to weapons development. The NCRI says some of the sanctioned scientists, from Shahid Chamran University, are working at the new facility.
Alireza Jafarzadeh, from NCRI’s Washington, DC, office, says details of the lab have been passed to the US and the International Atomic Energy Commission for action.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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