Israel on Monday appeared to intimidate the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad when they published clear satellite imagery of his presidential palace.  .

Israel has admitted to carrying out no fewer than 200 air strikes against military targets in Syria over the past 18 months. So, publishing spy satellite imagery of Assad’s home was a not-too-subtle warning to the Syrian leader to stop working with forces dedicated to Israel’s demise.

The photo of Assad’s palace was published by the Defense Ministry to mark the 30th anniversary of Israel’s first orbital launch. It was taken by the Ofek 11 spy satellite

Satellite Image of Bassad's Palace (IDF)
Satellite Image of Bashar Assad's Palace (IDF)

The remarks came as IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano once again affirmed that Iran has fully implemented its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the multilateral agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Addressing the 62nd regular session of IAEA General Conference in Vienna on Monday, Amano said, “Since the last General Conference, we have continued to verify and monitor the implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.”

“Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA. It is essential that Iran continues to fully implement those commitments,” the Japanese head of the IAEA said.

“The Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement. Evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran continue,” Amano added.

The IAEA is responsible for monitoring Iran’s nuclear activities as per the nuclear deal and should also help Iran develop its nuclear energy program.

On May 8, the US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA, which was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany). 

Source: Israel Today