Written by TPS
Iran lied “big time” repeatedly to the international community by denying for years that the country’s nuclear program was focused on generating nuclear power for civilian purposes, and predicted that US President Donald Trump would “do the right thing for the United States, for Israel and for the peace of the world” by pulling out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the so-called Iran nuclear deal, next Saturday.
In a 15 minute presentation at the Ministry of Defense complex in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu unveiled a trove more than 100,000 documents that he said were obtained in recent weeks from a secret warehouse in southern Tehran. In a speech aimed at the international community and delivered in English, the prime minister showed photographs of classified maps, charts, photographs, blueprints, videos and more documenting the Islamic Republic’s ongoing effort to create nuclear weapons. The premier said Israel had shared the intelligence with both the United States and will share it with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) before saying coyly that the documents were “now in a very safe place.”
Netanyahu said that the nuclear deal did nothing to derail Iran’s drive towards integrating nuclear warheads onto ballistic missiles, including the long-range Shahab 3, and to expand the range of its nuclear-capable missiles
“They can (already) reach Riyadh, Tel Aviv, Moscow, but they’re working on far longer ranges,” he added.
Netanyahu also showed photographic evidence of the Fordo nuclear site which is built into the side of a mountain some 200 kilometers south of Tehran, and said that since signing the nuclear deal with the so-called P5+1 international group, a reference to the UN Security Council’s five permanent members China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany, the site has continued to operate at an expanded rate of operation.
“You don’t put centrifuges under a mountain in order to create medical isotopes,” Netanyahu said. “You do it to create nuclear weapons.
“You also won’t be surprised to learn that Iran insisted on keeping (Fordo operational), and the nuclear deal enabled it to do it. but came with a hitch: Iran was required by the IAEA to come clean about its nuclear program. That was an explicit condition for implementing the nuclear deal.”
But when the nuclear watchdog issued its final report on the matter in December 2015, Netanyahu said Iran lied.
“This was Iran’s chance to come clean. They could have told the truth, could’ve said they’d shelved the program and destroyed the material. But Iran actually denied the existence of a coordinated program aimed at creating nuclear weapons devices… (unfortunately,) the evidence shows different,” Netanyahu said.
The intelligence heist illustrated several conclusions, the prime minister said: That Iran lied about never having had a nuclear weapons program; that even after signing the deal, Iran continued to preserve and expand files for future use, that Iran lied again in 2015 when didn’t come clean to IAEA.
“Why would the regime save, document files if not to save for future use?”
Netanyahu’s blockbuster presentation won effusive accolades from members of both the governing coalition and parliamentary opposition. MK Yoav Kisch, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud Party, praised the prime minister on Twitter for “exposing (Iran’s) lies and distortions, and the naiveté of the deal that (the international community) signed with it.
“This was a stunning intelligence accomplishment,” Kisch said.
MK Itzik Shmueli, a member of the opposition Zionist Union, used even more fawning language to praise intelligence services.
“The heart bursts with pride at the daring and the ability of our brave Mossad agents” who brought home an intelligence score that is “enormous, both in terms of quantity and quality.
“Even the biggest deniers in the world must now draw the obvious conclusions and demand immediate improvements to the deal that was signed between the P5+1. In particular, the end date of the deal must be revoked, the ballistic missile program must be stopped, Iran must be prevented from developing advanced centrifuges for enriching (uranium) and halt Iran’s aggressiveness in Syria and around the region,” Shmuli wrote, also on Twitter.