Blow for Iran as it celebrates revolution’s 40th anniversary

This May 2006 satellite image reveals a Uranium conversion plant in Isfahan, Iran.— Getty Images

London — Iran suffered a heavy blow on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of revolution when the Mossad together with the CIA and MI6 smuggled a defecting nuclear scientist from Iran to the United Kingdom, the British media reported.

The 47-year-old nuclear technician, with information about Iran’s nuclear program, was brought to the UK involving a 3,000-mile dash across Europe and a final 22-mile dinghy crossing across the Channel hidden among illegal Iranian immigrants.

According to the British media report, he helped plan the assassination of the deputy director at Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.

Plans to smuggle the technician out of Iran were hatched in October when he feared he would be found out.

Once in the UK, the defector was interrogated on the regime’s nuclear activity and swiftly extracted to the United States.

On Wednesday, in what was dubbed as the most recent violation of the nuclear resolution, Iran launched a second of its three satellites.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani said on Monday that Iran was determined to expand its military power and ballistic missile program despite mounting pressure. — Agencies