The Jerusalem Post reported today that the missing Revolutionary Guard Brig. Gen. Ali Reza Asgari has defected to the US and is being safeguarded by the CIA. Asgari met up with CIA operatives in Istanbul before he was brought to the US.
The Post reported that Asgari has told the CIA that Iran is enriching uranium with laser in addition to using gas centrifuges.
The report on laser enrichment is very surprising. The technology has proved to be extremely difficult to master. If the report is true, it will appreciably raise the Western concerns over the Iranian nuclear program.
Asghari was a general officer in the Revolutionary Guard and a member of the Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.