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CHICAGO: Iran is on the verge of building a nuclear weapon and is using negotiations with the West to buy them more time to achieve that goal, according to National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) spokesman Shahin Gobadi .

A thermal nuclear scientist who joined the resistance as a student at UCLA 40 years ago, Gobadi, 60, said the Paris-based NCRI works with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The PMOI/MEK operates inside Iran at great risk to expose Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Gobadi said.

Without the resistance of the MEK/MEK, Gobadi said, the world would never have known the true depth of Iran’s nuclear weapons program and how far it had come towards building a nuclear weapon.

“The Iranian resistance, primarily the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, was the key factor, the key player that brought the issue of Iran’s nuclear program to international attention,” Gobadi said.

“If it had not been for the activities of the Iranian resistance through the more than 120 press conferences and disclosures regarding secret Iranian nuclear sites, projects and facilities, the world would have been utterly caught off guard by the campaign secret of the mullahs to acquire nuclear weapons and by now the world would have faced a predicament where the worst regime would be equipped with the worst weapon. In fact, this is part of our struggle for the past three decades across our vast human network inside the regime, the vast network of the Mujahideen, the MEK, inside Iran taking enormous risks to expose the various aspects of the mullahs’ desire to acquire nuclear weapons.”

During an interview on “The Ray Hanania Show” aired Wednesday, May 4, 2022, Gobadi said resistance to Iranian brutality continues to grow, not only outside Iran under the leadership of the NCRI, but also inside with ordinary citizens protesting and engaging in major disruptions.

“Protests and disruptions,” Gobadi said, “have increased especially over the past four years. Since January 2018, there have been eight national uprisings in Iran against the regime. And in some of them, like in November 2019, it has spread so quickly across the country that it has spread to some 200 cities with people chanting “Down with Supreme Leader Khamenei and down with everything.” the system of government”.

The mullahs, he said, responded by massacring more than 1,500 civilian protesters.

“But even that hasn’t stopped people from taking to the streets. Or in 2021, in 21 nationwide protests and strikes, teachers, who represent more than a million people, took to the streets. And also after that there was a remarkable increase in the activities of the resistance which is affiliated with the Mujahideen, the MEK and their activities have been steadily increasing,” Gobadi said.

Gobadi said ordinary Iranians are “rising up” and fueling “the continued rise of resistance”, which makes the mullahs much “more vulnerable and much more worried” about their future.

“Since 1981, some 120,000 political activists, including more than 100,000 of the main resistance movement, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, the main resistance organization, have been executed by the theocracy simply for staunchly defending the secular government and gender equality,” Gobadi said.

“And that includes tens of thousands of women, which is an amazing aspect of our resistance in Iran. Hundreds of thousands more were imprisoned and severely tortured.

Gobadi cited numerous incidents of resistance inside Iran. In January, the resistance interrupted 25 of the Iranian regime’s TV radio stations broadcasting scans of “Death to Khamenei and “Hail to Rajavi” – who is the leader of the resistance. In the same month, they set fire to statues of Qassem Soleimani in several provinces.

On April 25, more than 100 Iranian Ministry of Agriculture computer servers were disrupted. In recent weeks, resistance units have repeatedly broadcast anti-regime slogans in crowded places, in major cities and in shopping malls.

Gobadi said Iran’s mullahs have not only been brutal in their response against their own people, 70-80% of whom live below the poverty line, but, equally important, the regime is “the main source” of terrorism international.

He called it “reckless” to believe that a brutal regime like Iran would abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions, even if the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is approved and the United States withdraws the Corps of Islamic Revolutionary Guards List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Iran sees the negotiations as “appeasement”, he said, rather than preventing them from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

“A deal that doesn’t close the regime’s path to a nuclear push is not going to stop the push. If the West holds firm, the regime has no choice but to give in to the West. Unfortunately, that was not the wish at the time, especially of the Obama administration,” Gobadi said.

“And look what happened. The mullahs took billions of dollars and it all ended up in the coffers of regime leaders, Khamenei in particular, or top IRGC brass, or helped support regime surrogates and terrorist groups in the region to increase the the regime’s capability for a missile program… and the regime has never, ever, ever abandoned its nuclear weapons program.

“Well, by far, they are the most active state sponsor of terrorism for years and years. Their tentacles have reached Europe, the United States and even Latin America. Needless to say the Europe, the Middle East, it’s very shocking.

Regarding the restoration of the JCPOA, Gobadi said, “We believe that such an agreement in itself does not guarantee that the regime will not obtain nuclear weapons.”

The Ray Hanania radio show airs on the US Arab Radio Network and is sponsored by Arab News live every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. EST in Detroit on WNZK AM 690, in Washington DC on WDMV AM 700. It is rebroadcast on Thursday at noon in Chicago. on WNWI AM 1080.

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