Tuesday, December 12, 2006
An Iranian political science professor has said
today that Iran and the US signed an agreement in 1978 which allowed
Tehran to seek nuclear technology in order to meet its future
energy demands but no one now talks about the agreement. He has
also asserted that Zionists in Israel in co-operation with neoconservatives
in the US have intentionally been trying to divide Iran for decades.
As reported by the IRNA
news agency, Professor of Political Geography and
Geopolitics at Tehran's Tarbiat Moadarres University, Pirouz Mojtahedzadeh,
said it was the US that encouraged Iran to develop nuclear energy.
Mojtahedzadeh asserted during a speech at an international
conference of world geologists that in 1978 the US had proposed
the former regime of the defunct Shah launch a nuclear program
in order to prevent a future energy crisis some 50 years down
Mojtahedzadeh also suggested that the repeated attempts to paint
Iran's nuclear program up as a military program directly contradict
the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) repeated confirmations
that Iran has not violated any laws or regulations of the Non-Proliferation
Earlier this month he also gave
an interview in which he asserted that Zionists
and their neo-conservative colleagues in the US have for years
been trying to divide Iran.
After Shimon Peres had in a series of speeches and interviews
earlier this month called for disorder in Iran and its division
and a "world
with no sovereign borders", Professor Mojtahedzadeh
added that conspiracies of Peres and other Zionist regime officials
are paving the way for conflict between Christian West and Islamic
He said that Zionists' suspicious moves in Iraq and the country's
Kurdistan region are part of the interventionist activities of
the racist Zionist regime.
He added that Zionist agents, backed by their supporters, are
pitting Iraqi Kurds against Iran.
We have previously documented how Iran's nuclear
program was defined by the US for decades and how the US supplied
materials and the know how. The history of how Iran's path to
nuclear proliferation began is a familiar story.
The 1953 CIA ouster of President Mossadegh, a leader who was
conforming to westernized policy but made the mistake of asking
to keep a small portion of his country's oil revenue, was achieved
by means of staged
bombings and shootings which were blamed on the Iranian
government in order to antagonize the population and enable the
After installing the Shah Globalists like Henry Kissinger opened
the door for Iran to develop sophisticated nuclear
energy programs which laid the foundation for today's crisis.
Twenty three reactors were built with the help of American corporations
like General Electric and Westinghouse.
The regal Shah even served as the poster boy for US power companies
selling nuclear reactors to a skeptical American public.
In 1976, President Gerald Ford even authorized the Shah to buy
and operate a plutonium-extracting and processing facility - a
big step toward converting energy processing to weapons making.
The culmination of decades of planning a nuclear
program for Iran, came in 1977 and 1978. During his now-famous
trip to Tehran on January 1, 1978, President Jimmy Carter and
the Shah reached a new bilateral agreement for nuclear cooperation.
The US agreed to grant Iran "most favored nation" status
for reprocessing of spent nuclear fuels. Iran agreed to buy 6-8
light-water nuclear reactors from the US (subject to approval
by the US Congress). This was reported in The Washington Post,
1 January 1978 under the headline—"Carter will meet
Sadat to Discuss Talks on the Mideast; Carter will visit Sadat
to Discuss Mideast Diplomacy,"
On July 10, 1978 (only 7 months before the Islamic
Revolution's victory) the draft of the US-Iran Nuclear Energy
Agreement was signed. The agreement was supposed to facilitate
cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and to govern the export
and transfer of equipment and material to Iran's nuclear energy
program. Iran was also to receive American technology and help
in searching for uranium deposits. This can be found in the Digital
National Security Archive—"Iran: The US-Iran Nuclear
Energy Agreement," Department of State Memorandum, 20 October
On October 18, 1978, James R. Schlesinger, the US
Energy Secretary, sent the agreement to President Carter for his
signature. Also in the Digital National Security Archive—"Iran:
The US-Iran Nuclear Energy Agreement," Department of State
Memorandum, 20 October 1978.
By then, however, Islamic Revolution had swept Iran,
and the Shah had informed the US Ambassador Richard Sullivan that
his plans for NPPs were on hold. Finally, in early 1979, the US
stopped its supply of highly enriched uranium to Iran. Since Iran
started its nuclear energy program in the early 1980s, the US
has been completely hostile towards it.
An excellent essay can be found on the entire history of Iran's
nuclear program here.
This study also details the fantasies of the powerful neocon elite
concerning Iran and their double standards when it comes to nuclear
We can also add to the history the more recent
revelations penned by New York Times reporter James risen
in a new book that six years ago the CIA simply gave Iran the
blueprints to build an effective nuclear bomb.
Risen explains that in what appeared to be a "rogue operation"
code named "Merlin", a Russian nuclear engineer in the
pay of the CIA, who had defected to the US years earlier, had
been given nuclear blueprints and had then been sent to Vienna
to sell them - or simply give them - to the Iranian representatives
to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
With the Russian doing its bidding, the CIA appeared to be about
to help Iran leapfrog one of the last remaining engineering hurdles
blocking its path to a nuclear weapon. The dangerous irony was
not lost on the Russian - the IAEA was an international organization
created to restrict the spread of nuclear technology.
The Russian's assignment from the CIA was to pose as an unemployed
and greedy scientist who was willing to sell his soul - and the
secrets of the atomic bomb - to the highest bidder. By hook or
by crook, the CIA told him, he was to get the nuclear blueprints
to the Iranians. They would quickly recognize their value and
rush them back to their superiors in Tehran.
Obviously the Russian agent was bemused and more than a little
apprehensive about the entire operation so, according to Risen's
sources, a senior CIA official downplayed the operation telling
the agent that it was just an intelligence-gathering effort, not
an illegal attempt to give Iran the bomb. He suggested that the
Iranians already had the technology he was going to hand over
In truth, the CIA knew absolutely nothing about Iran's nuclear
know how due to an earlier espionage disaster whereby information
concerning virtually all CIA operatives inside Iran was leaked
to Iran. As a result many were arrested, the rest pulled out and
many are still missing. Porter Goss admitted to the Bush administration
in a White House briefing last spring that the CIA had no knowledge
of how close Iran was to becoming a nuclear power.
The idea behind Merlin was to give the Iranians flawed nuclear
blueprints to set back their weapons program and help the CIA
monitor more closely the paths they took. However, the Russian
agent did not know this and was kept in the dark.
Upon reviewing the blueprints he immediately noticed the flaw
and decided to provide the Iranians with a note of his own pointing
out the flaw. Of course he thought he was doing the right thing
in order to carry out his mission successfully. He thought the
flaw was so obvious that they would have spotted it anyway and
possibly smelled a rat.
Risen also contends that operation "Merlin' has been considered
and possibly approved for use with other states such as North
Of course it is possible that operation Merlin was a double edged
sword and has provided the rogue elements of the CIA, under NeoCon
control, with the pretext they need to extend the war in the middle
east into Iran.
It is clear that the Frankenstein that the neocon globalists
now calls Iran's nuclear program was conceived by the Shah and
his government, with the direct assistance and strong encouragement
(many believe pressure) by the US. Once again globalists have
created an enemy state and provided a pretext in order to divide
and conquer. It may only be a matter of time before the division