Iranian Deputy Interior Minister for Security and Law Enforcement Mohammad Hossein Zolfaqari said that there is no connection between repeated earthquakes in Iran and the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) project and added that the claim lacks a scientific basis.
The U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) all together funded HAARP, which was initiated as an ionospheric research program and was designed and built by BAE Advanced Technologies (BAEAT). The initial aim was to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance.
HAARP is a university-owned facility. It is a high-power, high-frequency transmitter used for the study of the ionosphere, but it has been blamed for generating catastrophes as well as thunderstorms, in several countries, and major power outages, downing of TWA Flight 800, Gulf War syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome, Payvand reports.
According to Zolfaqari, the Interior Ministry has not received any report from the military or scientific institutions on the alleged link between HAARP and the earthquakes that have struck Iran in the last few months. The Kermanshah earthquake left at least 630 people dead and more than 8,100 injured.
The deputy interior minister was also asked about strange lights in several cities’ skies in the last few days. According to him, there was no official report about the incidents and the ministry found out about them through social media.
“Military and air defense ranks, who are active in their fields, would have informed us if there had been something important,” he said.