Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran hid its nuclear program


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Iran of hiding a secret nuclear weapons program. However, Iran says it is part of a move to put pressure on the United States to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Netanyahu showcased what he said were documents that demonstrated Iran’s intention to continue pursuing a nuclear weapons program despite the 2015 deal it signed with the international community. Netanyahu called it one of the greatest achievements in the history of Israeli intelligence (CNN).

Most of the files Netanyahu revealed related to the period before the 2015 accord was signed. However, he said Iran had also kept important files on nuclear technology since then.

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Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif refuted the claims on Twitter, saying the evidence was a “rehash of old allegations” which had already been dealt with by the United Nations nuclear watchdog.

Zarif called the broadcast a “childish” stunt to influence President Donald Trump’s decision on whether to remain in a nuclear deal with Iran.

Javad Zarif on Twitter

Pres. Trump is jumping on a rehash of old allegations already dealt with by the IAEA to “nix” the deal. How convenient. Coordinated timing of alleged intelligence revelations by the boy who cries wolf just days before May 12. But Trump’s impetuousness to celebrate blew the cover. https://t.co/5gxmmZcrF7

Trump has threatened to pull the U.S. out of the international deal unless it is renegotiated by May 12. Under the framework of the deal Iran was to redesign, convert, and reduce its nuclear facilities in return for the lifting of international sanctions.

A statement from the White House on April 30 said information released by Israel provided “new and compelling details” about Tehran’s efforts to develop “missile-deliverable nuclear weapons.”

The new U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said on April 30 the files showed the Iran deal, supposedly built on good faith, was instead built on lies. “Now that the world knows Iran has lied and is still lying, it is time to revisit the question of whether Iran can be trusted to enrich or control any nuclear material,” his statement read.

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