1 May 2018Hot off the Press
“Tonight I’m here to tell you one thing: Iran lied.”
This was one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opening remarks in a live presentation which supposedly presented evidence proving Iran was conducting a secret nuclear weapons program called Project Amad.
The presentation has placed increased pressure on the US to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which was originally created in order to redesign, convert, and reduce nuclear facilities within Iran.
Mr Netanyahu, for 20 minutes, stood in front of shelves of around 100,000 documents which he claims provide evidence of the secret program, and meticulously presented images of documents that showed nuclear experiments and calculations.
While many of the documents are dated before the 2015 deal, Netanyahu claims that Iran has continued to harvest files on nuclear technology.
“Iran lied about never having a nuclear weapons program,” he said. “One hundred thousand secret files prove it did. Second, even after the deal, Iran continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons knowledge for future use.”
“Third, Iran lied again in 2015 when it didn’t come clear to the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] as required by the nuclear deal.”
Tehran, Iran’s capital, responded by saying Mr Netanyahu is “the boy who cried wolf” and called the presentation propaganda.
US President Donald Trump has previously voiced uncertainty on the international nuclear deal calling it an “embarrassment” and “the worst deal ever made” and has threatened to pull the US out if it is not renegotiated by May 12.
After Mr Netanyahu conducted his address, Mr Trump reaffirmed his position on the deal and backed the Isreali leader’s remarks.
Mr Netanyahu has also told Russian President Vladimir Putin his claims via phone.
However, intelligence experts and diplomats have said that what Mr Netanyahu presented was “no smoking gun” and that the documents were outdated and ultimately did not provide secure evidence that Iran had violated the agreement.