WATI: KAHLILI: Iran already has nuclear weapons

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From the Washington Times:

         By Reza Kahlili

The Washington Times

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Illustration: Iran nukes by Alexander Hunter for The Washington TimesIllustration: Iran nukes by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

The pressure the United States and the West is bringing to bear on Iran to keep it from acquiring nuclear weapons is all for naught. Not only does the Islamic Republic already have nuclear weapons from the old Soviet Union, but it has enough enriched uranium for more. What’s worse, it has a delivery system.

The West for nearly a decade has worried about Iran’s uranium enhancement, believing Iran is working on a nuclear bomb, though the government maintains its uranium is only for peaceful purposes.

When Iran began its nuclear program in the mid-1980s, I was working as a spy for the CIA within the Revolutionary Guards. The Guards‘ intelligence at that time had learned of Saddam Hussein’s attempt to buy a nuclear bomb for Iraq. Guard commanders concluded that they needed a nuclear bomb because if Saddam were to get his own, he would use it against Iran. At that time, the two countries were at war.

Mohsen Rezaei, then-chief commander of the Guards, received permission from the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to start a covert program to obtain nuclear weapons, so the Guards contacted Pakistani generals and Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Pakistani nuclear scientist.

Commander Ali Shamkhani traveled to Pakistan, offering billions of dollars for a bomb, but ended up with a blueprint and centrifuges instead. The first centrifuge was transferred to Iran on Khomeini’s personal plane.

In a second but parallel attempt to amass nuclear weapons, Iran turned to the former Soviet republics. When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1990, Iran coveted thousands of tactical nuclear warheads that had been dispersed in the former republics.

In the early 1990s, the CIA asked me to find an Iranian scientist who would testify that Iran had the bomb. The CIA had learned that Iranian intelligence agents were visiting nuclear installations throughout the former Soviet Union, with particular interest in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan, which had a significant portion of the Soviet arsenal and is predominately Muslim, was courted by Muslim Iran with offers of hundreds of millions of dollars for the bomb. Reports soon surfaced that three nuclear warheads were missing. This was corroborated by Russian Gen. Victor Samoilov, who handled the disarmament issues for the general staff. He admitted that the three were missing from Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile, Paul Muenstermann, then vice president of the German Federal Intelligence Service, said Iran had received two of the three nuclear warheads and medium-range nuclear delivery systems from Kazakhstan. It also was reported that Iran had purchased four 152 mm nuclear shells from the former Soviet Union, which were reportedly stolen and sold by former Red Army officers.

To make matters worse, several years later, Russian officials stated that when comparing documents in transferring nuclear weapons from Ukraine to Russia, there was a discrepancy of 250 nuclear weapons.

Last week, Mathew Nasuti, a former U.S. Air Force captain who was at one point hired by the State Department as an adviser to one of its provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq, said that in March 2008, during a briefing on Iran at the State Department, the department’s Middle East expert told the group that it was “common knowledge” that Iran had acquired tactical nuclear weapons from one or more of the former Soviet republics.

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4 Replies to “WATI: KAHLILI: Iran already has nuclear weapons”

  1. Actually, them already having nukes would explain a lot of apparent contradictions. People have speculated that Obama is directing his policy making to intentionally skuttle the west. While that seems plausable, it leaves some open questions such as why he would deliberately throw himself under the bus as well. Others say that hes just incompetent and ideological, but still “means well” in the middle-east when he pushes for the oustings of Mubarak and Ghadafi. If so, why didnt he do the same with Iran during their revolt?

    Iran having nukes explains that perfectly, as well as the inaction in taking out their nuclear program by the US, and especially Israel. If this is true, then its likely Iran has already indicated secretly that they fully intend to use them if we interfere with their designs on the middle-east. That would then further mean that we already live under Iran’s thumb, we just dont know it yet.

  2. Obamas refusal to do anything about Iran also make sense if you look at his history, he has had a lot of training in Islam and considers the call to prayer the loveliest sound in the world (his own words).

    Iran having nuclear weapons makes sense in a lot of ways, but any smuggled into the US (as some people say has happened) means that the weapons will be useful for a short time only. After a relatively short time the radiation screws up the electronics and the weapons are useless. If they do have nuclear weapons the only reason they haven’t used them yet is that they don’t have the ability to replenish their supply and are waiting until they can do more damage.

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