Netanyahu shows slides, shelves of docs claiming Iran has nuclear weapons program
30 April, 2018
Iran lied about its nuclear program, making the 2015 deal invalid, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address from Tel Aviv, using big-screen presentation slides and video.
Netanyahu showed the public a massive bookcase filled with folders, claiming this represents the number of documents that Israel has on Iran's program. He went on through his presentation on human-sized long screens, showing slides and pictures of what he claimed was evidence of Tehran violating the agreement with global powers.
Though Iran claimed it never had a nuclear weapons program, “100,000 secret files prove it did,” Netanyahu said. After the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran “continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons knowledge” for future use.
"After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret files," he said. "In 2017 Iran moved its nuclear weapons files to a highly secret location in Tehran."
According to the PM, Tehran had preserved and expanded its military nuclear know-how in a secret atomic archive after the 2015 deal was signed. He said that “half a ton” of documents from the archives were obtained by Israel in “a great intelligence achievement.” Netanyahu claimed that the files contain incriminating evidence that Iran has been working to develop a nuclear bomb as part of a program called “Project Amad.”
Netanyahu has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the intelligence discoveries, and intends to send experts to France and Germany in the coming days to share the findings, the PM’s office said in a statement.
Israel has long opposed the 2015 agreement, which saw international sanctions on its main geopolitical rival lifted in exchange for Iran curbing it controversial nuclear program.
Iranian media have dismissed Netanyahu’s presentation, with the news agency Fars calling it “a propaganda show” and the state news agency IRNA describing the Israeli PM as “famous for ridiculous displays.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called Netanyahu’s presentation a “coordinated timing of alleged intelligence revelations by the boy who cries wolf” just before May 12, when US President Donald Trump is expected to pull out of the nuclear deal. Zarif said Netanyahu was undeterred by the “cartoon fiasco” at the UN General Assembly, referring to the 2012 presentation that used a cartoon bomb graphic.
After his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday, Netanyahu said that “the attempt of Iran to acquire nuclear weapons” remains “the greatest threat” to Israel, the US, and the whole world.
Trump has slammed the Iran nuclear deal as “the worst deal ever” and threatened to pull the US out of the agreement. Trump’s threat will be carried out if he doesn’t renew a waiver on sanctions against Iran until May 12.
The leaders of the UK, France, and Germany vowed to defend the Iran nuclear deal in a joint statement on Sunday, calling it “the best way” to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Netanyahu’s Power Point: Iran presentation's greatest hits (PHOTOS)
30 April, 2018
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put on a major show to argue that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was “based on lies.” Files snatched by his spies say Iran was building five "Hiroshima" bombs to mount on ballistic missiles.
The plot thickens. The facility was made to look like a “dilapidated warehouse” from the outside, but contained “massive safes” with top secret data, until Israeli agents obtained a large amount of those files "in a great intelligence achievement” a few weeks ago, the PM said.
According to Netanyahu, Israeli intelligence has snatched “half a ton” of Iranian nuclear know-how, which amounts to 55,000 pages and another 55,000 files on 183 CDs of “incriminating documents, charts, presentations, blueprints, photos and videos.”
With a flourish, he revealed shelves with numerous files and CDs to the journalists, specifying that those were just copies of the original Iranian materials.
The files provided evidence that Tehran was working on “a comprehensive program to design, build and test nuclear weapons” between 1999 and 2003, entitled Project Amad, Netanyahu claimed.
The project has the five key elements of a nuclear weapons program, which includes designing nuclear weapons, developing nuclear cores, building nuclear implosion systems, preparing nuclear tests and integrating warheads on missiles, according to Netanyahu.
“Iran is brazenly lying when it says it never had a nuclear weapons program,” Netanyahu said. Tehran “continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons know-how” after the 2015 accord, as demonstrated by the documents Israeli spies obtained from the secret archive.
“Iran was to come clean to the IAEA, but it denied the existence of a coordinated military nuclear program,” Netanyahu said, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The pinnacle of the presentation was the Israeli PM’s claim that the 2015 nuclear deal – also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and signed by Iran and six world powers – was “based on lies.”
“We’ve shared this material with the US. And the US can vouch for its authenticity,” Netanyahu said, without explaining how that might be the case.