Hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s new president, has given the West new reason to doubt his claim that Tehran’s nuclear program is intended only for peaceful purposes – he’s placed it under the control of militant commanders of the Revolutionary Guard.

Ahmadinejad initiated a purge of moderates in the government at the national and provincial level shortly after being elected two months ago. Now he has put fellow radicals in charge of a program many believe is designed to develop nuclear weapons.

Many of the appointees, the London Telegraph reports, are from the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds (Jerusalem) Force, where the president previously served as brigadier general. The Revolutionary Guard was responsible for seizing U.S. diplomatic hostages during the Carter administration and this particular unit is the main backer of Hezbollah in Lebanon.

As WorldNetDaily has reported, Ahmadinejad was involved in the assassination of a Kurdish leader in Austria in 1989 and has helped recruit and train thousands of suicide bombers in his country over the last year.

Now, the young radicals of the 1979 Islamic revolution are the hardliners controlling Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

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