Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu gave a televised address on Monday evening during which he presented documents obtained from inside Iran, proving they are still following their A-bomb ambitions under the radar.
He said: ‘Iran’s leaders repeatedly deny ever pursuing nuclear weapons,’ said Netanyahu while standing in front of the documents, which senior Trump administration officials have said are authentic.
‘Tonight I’m here to tell you one thing: Iran lied.’
Just minutes after the shocking announcement, Trump said: ‘What’s happening today, and what’s happened over the last little while, and what we’ve learned, has really shown that I’ve been 100 per cent right.’
Later on Monday afternoon, Trump once more attacked the Iran deal as ‘horrible’. He has until May 12 to decide whether to pull out of the accord.
‘In seven years, that deal will have expired and Iran is free to go ahead and create nuclear weapons,’ Trump told a joint press conference with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari.
‘That is not acceptable,’ Trump charged. ‘This is an agreement that wasn’t approved by too many people. And it’s a horrible agreement for the United States.’
The US president has been threatening for months to pull out of the 2015 deal negotiated between Tehran and six world powers, rejecting it as ‘insane’ partly because its restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities begin expiring in 2025.
Most world powers say the deal is working as intended for now and is the best way to keep Iran from acquiring the bomb.
‘I’m not telling you what I’m doing, but a lot of people think they know,’ Trump said. ‘On or before the 12th, we’ll make a decision.’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that his intelligence services have obtained documents proving that Iran maintained a secret nuclear program in violation of a landmark agreement Tehran reached with the West. Netanyahu points to a slide which is purported to show ‘massive safes’ where Iran’s ‘secret archive’ were stored
In the slide above, Netanyahu is pointing to ‘U235—that’s enriched uranium, right here at the core. That’s the only place where you find in the core enriched uranium. And here’s an Iranian simulation, original Iranian simulation putting all these components together’
The premier accused the Islamic Republic of ‘brazenly lying’ to the United States and Europe by maintaining nuclear materials in a secret location – a violation of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
In a nationally televised address, Netanyahu said Israel recently uncovered 55,000 documents and 183 CDs of information from Iran’s ‘nuclear archives’
Netanyahu points to the above slide which he says proves Iran maintained a secret nuclear weapons program. The above object is a measuring device for implosions
The Israeli leader said that the ‘atomic archive’ where Iran kept its files was in the Shorabad District of the capital, Tehran
Netanyahu points to a slide that shows components of an alleged clandestine nuclear weapons program. ‘Here’s a design for a nuclear payload on a Shahab3 missile,’ Netanyahu says, pointing to the missile above
The Israeli prime minister stands in front of dozens of binders filled with documents as well as hundreds of discs taken from the Iranians
Netanyahu has long argued that the nuclear deal has not prevented Iran from continuing to develop its program of long-range missiles capable of carrying an atomic warhead. ‘They can reach Riyadh, Tel Aviv, Moscow, but they’re working on far, far greater ranges,’ Netanyahu said. ‘They’re planning much longer range missiles to carry nuclear weapons’
Netanyahu used a slide which he says confirmed that the covert program to develop nuclear weapons was authorized by Iran’s defense minister in 2003
The Israeli leader says the documents include ‘incriminating photos’ that prove Iran is lying about its pursuit of a peaceful nuclear program. ‘Here’s a photo showing the casting process and a cast metal core, from the archives,’ Netanyahu says of the above slide
Netanyahu stands before a slide showing equipment in an Iranian nuclear facility on the left and an ‘original Iranian simulation’ of a nuclear implosion on the right. The Israeli leader said the object on the left is a measuring device for implosions
The White House also said on Monday that information released by Israel on Iran’s nuclear program provides ‘new and compelling details’ about Tehran’s efforts to develop ‘missile-deliverable nuclear weapons.’
‘These facts are consistent with what the United States has long known: Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people,’ the White House statement said.
Iranian state TV said on Monday that Netanyahu’s accusations on Tehran’s nuclear program was propaganda.
‘His remarks was not new…full of baseless accusations… and propaganda against Iran’s nuclear work,’ state TV said.
Numerous other experts claimed all the information contained in the documents had been seen before.
The British government, meanwhile, insisted it had ‘never been naive about Iran and its nuclear intentions’ in the wake of the presentation.
British government: ‘We have never been naive about Iran’
Britain has never been ‘naive’ about Iran‘s nuclear programme, a spokesman for the government has said in the wake of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech.
The spokesman also said inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are vital to ensure Iran’s nuclear programme is used for peaceful means.
‘We have never been naive about Iran and its nuclear intentions. That is why the IAEA inspection regime agreed as part of the Iran nuclear deal is one of the most extensive and robust in the history of international nuclear accords,’ a British government spokesman said in a statement.
‘It remains a vitally important way of independently verifying that Iran is adhering to the deal and that Iran’s nuclear programme is exclusively peaceful.’
Thousands of pages contained evidence that Tehran had a secret nuclear weapons program while insisting to the world its nuclear ambitions were purely peaceful, Netanyahu said.
While the lion’s share of the briefing focused on what he said was past nuclear work and alleged obfuscation about it by Iran, Netanyahu asserted that such activities had continued after the deal that was meant to curb Iranian capabilities.
The premier accused the Islamic Republic of ‘brazenly lying’ to the United States and Europe by maintaining nuclear materials in a secret location – a violation of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Israel claims that it obtained the incriminating information within the past 10 days.
After the 2015 nuclear deal was signed, the documents were moved to a ‘highly secret’ location in Tehran, Netanyahu said.
While the lion’s share of the briefing focused on what he said was past nuclear work and alleged obfuscation about it by Iran, Netanyahu asserted that such activities had continued after the 2015 deal that was meant to curb Iranian capabilities.
‘These files conclusively prove that Iran is brazenly lying when it says it never had a nuclear weapons program,’ he said.
Netanyahu said Israel recently uncovered 55,000 documents and 183 CDs of information from Iran’s ‘nuclear archives.’
Speaking in English, perhaps with an international audience in mind, he says the material is filled with incriminating evidence showing the Iranian program, called ‘Project Amad,’ was to develop a weapon.
Netanyahu’s revelations were ‘a big lot of nothing’ according to David Patrikarakos, an Iranian nuclear politics expert.
He said the prime minister’s comments ‘are entirely political, designed to put pressure on – or given a excuse to – President Trump not to recertify the nuclear deal, which he is due to do in several days.
Critically Patrikarakos says that ‘Netanyahu has presented little if any evidence that Iran is in breach of the deal, merely that ‘past nuclear work’ showed evidence of Iranian attempts at a nuclear weapons capability, which is true, and that Iran had been less than transparent in its nuclear dealings.
‘All of this is well-known, what he has failed to show is that Iran is in violation of the nuclear deal signed it was signed in 2016.
‘It may give Trump the excuse he needs, but it will not wash with the other parties to the deal namely France, Germany, the UK, Russia and China.’
Netanyahu wants the deal to fail because he has staked some much political capital on that outcome and wants the US and Iran at loggerheads as it helps Israel geopolitically, said Patrikarakos, author of Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State, the first complete history of Iran’s nuclear program from it’s beginnings in the 1950s to the present day, and war in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in The 21st Century.
While Netanyahu presented the information as new, the details of Project Amad were known to Western governments well before the 2015 nuclear deal, according to The Atlantic.
In 2011, the International Atomic Energy Agency published findings about Project Amad, which was shut down by the Iranians in 2003.
The French ambassador to Washington, Gerard Araud, tweeted that information about past Iranian nuclear activity was in fact an argument in favor of the nuclear deal, not against it.
Trump is to decide by May 12 whether to pull out of the international deal with Iran.
President Donald Trump used the revelations to insist that he’s been proved ‘100 per cent right’ about Iran, minutes after Benjamin Netanyahu gave a televised address on Monday evening during which he presented documents obtained from inside Iran
Federica Mogherini, the head of the European Union’s foreign policy portfolio, said that it appears Netanyahu’s presentation did not demonstrate that Iran was violating the nuclear deal.
‘What I have seen from the first reports is that Prime Minister