“Reuters” agency published six years before the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran, a report on this mysterious person and his role in the ongoing nuclear research in his country.
The report, published in 2014, a year before the signing of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the 5 + 1 group, indicated that Fakhrizadeh tops the list of “elusive” officials from Iran and other countries that the International Atomic Energy Agency was seeking to talk to, stressing that some Iranian opponents The exiles described this scientist as the mastermind of the covert efforts to build the nuclear bomb for Iran.
According to the data of the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran, Fakhrizadeh was born in the city of Qom in 1958 and until then had held the position of Deputy Minister of Defense and the rank of Major General in the Revolutionary Guard. He obtained a doctorate in nuclear engineering and was a teacher at Imam Hussein University.
Fakhrizadeh was the only Iranian official whose name appeared in the famous report issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2011, where it was said that “the scientist who was considered a prominent officer in the Revolutionary Guard was a key figure in Iran’s previous efforts to develop technology and gain the knowledge required to produce nuclear bombs and possibly He still plays some role in this area. ”
According to these reports, in 2002-2003, Fakhrizadeh headed the executive director of the “Amad Project”, which, according to IAEA data, was concerned with conducting research related to uranium and explosives and updating missiles to equip them with nuclear warheads.
“Reuters” quoted a source familiar with the intelligence information as confirming that Fakhrizadeh opposed the decision to close the “Amad Project”, which showed his commitment to developing the military nuclear program in his country.
Even when the IAEA report was released in 2011, Fakhrizadeh headed the Research and Technology Center that he led until his assassination today.
Fakhrizadeh’s name was also mentioned in a UN resolution issued in 2007 as a person involved in nuclear or ballistic activities in Iran.
“Reuters” quoted a Western diplomat as saying: “If Iran decides to militarize (the enrichment operations), Fakhrizadeh will be known as the father of the nuclear bomb.”
The media report pointed out that an atmosphere of secrecy surrounded the world, which avoided appearing in front of the public except in rare cases, indicating that only a few people outside Iran knew his appearance.
In turn, a high-ranking Iranian source described in an interview with “Reuters” Fakhrizadeh as an expert who adheres to Iran’s technological progress and has the full support of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
The source said that Fakhrizadeh had three passports and carried out many foreign trips, especially to Asian countries, in order to obtain “the latest information from abroad,” without providing further clarifications. Reuters suggested that these trips may have been related to the acquisition of materials required for nuclear research. In the international black market.
The agency quoted an intelligence source in one of the member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency as saying that Fakhrizadeh was “a very qualified manager who enjoys the loyalty of those who work with him.”
A diplomatic source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the Iranian government, in response to the Nuclear Atomic Energy Agency’s repeated requests to interrogate Fakhrizadeh within the framework of the investigation into Tehran’s allegations of banned nuclear activities, admitted the existence of this mysterious scientist but refused to meet these demands, saying that he is an officer Military and has nothing to do with the nuclear program.
“Reuters” suggested that Iran’s refusal may be explained by security concerns, especially after a series of assassinations of nuclear scientists in Iran in 2010 and 2012.