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Iranian Mullah-Based Regime Pressing on with Missile Program Using ‘Full Force’ | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Czech Republic’s foreign minister Lubomir Zaoralek, right, and Iran’s vice president and nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi look out at Prague’s cityscape after a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, May 2, 2016.,AP

Recent German intelligence reports surfacing show that Iran’s mullah-led regime stepped up its efforts to acquire advanced nuclear technology which can only be translated into last year’s nuclear deal with Iran will never guarantee a world safe from an Iranian nuclear threat.

The Iranian regime developed nuclear capacities behind shut curtains over the past few years, managing to mislead western powers and using complex and illusory political tactics.

The regime managed to buy time through going for a moderate play or by giving half-way concessions. They bought time by coming to negotiating tables and walking out.

Iran will press on with its missile program “with full force”, a foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as saying on Saturday, adding that critical comments by Germany’s leader were unhelpful.

Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament in Berlin on Thursday that missile launches by Iran earlier this year were inconsistent with a U.N. resolution urging it to refrain for up to eight years from missile work designed to deliver nuclear weapons.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said Merkel’s remarks were “not constructive” and would have no bearing on the program, according to state news agency IRNA.

Reiterating Tehran’s assertion that the missiles are not designed to carry nuclear weapons, he added: “Iran will continue with full force its missile program based on its defensive plans and national security calculations.”

On Friday, Iran denied its attempts calling them “unrealistic” a report by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon criticizing its missile launches as inconsistent with its deal with world powers to curb sensitive nuclear activity in exchange for sanctions relief.

Responding to German intelligence reports that Iran has been trying to acquire nuclear technology in Germany, Berlin said on Friday that certain forces in Iran may be trying to undermine the nuclear deal.

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said in its annual report that Iranian efforts to illegally procure technology, especially in the nuclear area, had continued at a “high level” in 2015.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, criticized the comments by Ban and Merkel and denied Iran had been trying to purchase nuclear technology on the black market.

“I feel they are cooking up a plot against us. We should be vigilant,” he was quoted as saying by Iran’s Tasnim news agency.

It was originally the Iranian resistance movement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran that disclosed mullahs’ nuclear objectives back in 2002. And through the years, it was only the NCRI that insisted the Iranian regime continues to develop its nuclear program despite all contradicting reports.

It certainly is a ‘child at prayer’ to simply cross fingers hoping that Iranian mullahs had abandoned their dreams of obtaining nuclear power. Their expansionist desires continue to flare endlessly.