Netanyahu to present significant intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program
Netanyahu: “The nuclear deal is based on lies—it’s based on Iranian lies and Iranian deception”At the Kirya in Tel Aviv on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed “Iran’s secret nuclear files.” He claimed at the end of the presentation, “The nuclear deal is based on lies—it’s based on Iranian lies and Iranian deception.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the Kirya in Tel Aviv on Monday and revealed “Iran’s secret nuclear files.”
Netanyahu said that a few weeks ago, in a “great intelligence achievement,” Israel obtained tens of thousands of documents from Iran about its secret nuclear weapons program. “Fifty-five pages. And another 55,000 files on 183 CDs. Everything you’re about to see is an exact copy of the Iranian files,” he stated. “These files conclusively prove that Iran is brazenly lying when it says it never had a nuclear weapons program.”
The Israeli prime minister said that Israel now has “incriminating documents, incriminating charts, incriminating presentations, incriminating blueprints, incriminating photos, incriminating videos and more."
“We’ve shared this material with the United States and the United States can vouch for its authenticity,” he added. “We’ve known for years that Iran has had a nuclear weapons program.” According to Netanyahu, the program is aimed at designing, building and testing nuclear weapons.
Watch: Netanyahu reveals Iran's secret nuclear weapons program
Netanyahu stressed that the findings would be beneficial to the US, to Israel and to the world and said that he believed that US President Donald Trump would “do the right thing,” referring to the May 12 deadline.
Towards the end of his speech, Netanyahu faced the audience and presented four key conclusions he claimed can be reached after reviewing the findings. First, that Iran lied about never having a nuclear weapons program; secondly, that even after the deal was signed, Iran continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons know-how for future use; that Iran lied again in 2015 when it didn’t come clear to the IAEA as required by the nuclear deal; and lastly, Netanyahu pointed out that “the nuclear deal is based on lies… Iranian lies and Iranian deception.”
In the meeting that Netanyahu held on Sunday with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, America’s top diplomat expressed his “deep concern” about Iran’s aggression and said that Trump’s administration was committed to preventing Tehran's ambitions to dominate the Middle East. Netanyahu also spoke with Trump about the dangers posed by Iran during a phone call this Sunday.
On May 12, the US is set to decide whether to continue with the agreement in its current form. Trump had previously expressed his displeasure with the nuclear agreement and called it “the worst deal” the US has ever made.
EU leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron continued to express their support of the nuclear deal and released a joint statement on Sunday, claiming it was “the best way to stop Tehran” from acquiring nuclear weapons.
A few hours before Netanyahu’s address, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed Israel’s prime minister in a tweet. “BREAKING: The boy who can’t stop crying wolf is at it again,” he wrote. “Undeterred by cartoon fiasco at UNGA. You can only fool some of the people so many times.”
Trump responded to Netanyahu’s speech and said that it shows that he is “100% right on Iran deal.” The White House correspondent told CNN that the Israeli prime minister knows that the best way to reach an audience is to speak globally.
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