Iran’s top officials have bristled at the Israeli prime minister’s allegations that Tehran secretly pursued a nuclear weapons programme, dismissing them as “lies” aimed at influencing US President Donald Trump ahead of a crucial deadline for the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said on Tuesday that Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech was a “repetition” of past accusations, which the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has already disproven.
“Netanyahu is trying to affect Trump’s upcoming decision about the Iranian 2015 international nuclear deal, or JCPOA, but, Tehran is prepared for any scenario by Trump,” Araghchi was quoted by Iran’s Mehr news agency as saying.
Bahram Ghasemi, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, also denounced Netanyahu’s “propaganda” show on Tuesday, saying he had “nothing to offer but a pack of lies”, according to Mehr news.
Trump faces a May 12 deadline to decide whether to keep the US commitment to the nuclear deal – renew the agreement’s prescribed sanctions relief for Iran – or withdraw from it.
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Following Netanyahu’s speech, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif described the Israeli prime minister as the “boy who cries wolf”, adding that his presentation had been “coordinated” to effect Trump’s Ma