Former Iran leader said to admit country pursued nukes

Akbar Rafsanjani says he and ayatollah began program to create deterrent during war with Iraq — report

The reported comments by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to the state-run IRNA news agency would appear to mark the first time a top Iranian official — current or former — has said the country sought a nuclear weapon, in contravention of repeated assurances by the regime that its enrichment program is and always has been peaceful.

The comments by Rafsanjani, which do not appear on IRNA’s English website, were first reported on by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a dissident group of Iranian exiles. Continue reading