Netanyahu Ramps Up His Anti-Iran Fearmongering

Hannah Rogers
May 3, 2018

Both figures have been critical of the Iran deal, which was inked under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, with Bolton once calling it "the worst act of appeasement in American history".

Other analysts, however, concluded that Netanyahu failed to show that since 2015, when the global agreement was signed, Iran is working on developing nuclear weapons. The worry was that if Trump ultimately decides to pull out of the Iran deal, the message he would be sending to Kim is that the word of the U.S. is worthless.

Netanyahu said during his presentation that the information had been shared with the United States and that "the United States can vouch for its authenticity".

There is a chance Trump might choose to keep the United States in the worldwide pact under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, in part because of "alliance maintenance" with France and to save face for French President Emmanuel Macron, who met Trump last week and urged him to stay in, the source said.

"At first sight, they (the details) confirm that part of the Iranian nuclear programme, as France and its partners stated during the first revelations in the summer of 2002, was not civilian", said the spokesperson in a statement received by AFP.

Netanyahu provided no direct evidence that Iran has violated the 2015 deal, which it signed with the U.S., Germany, Britain, France, China and Russian Federation.

"You may well know that Iran's leaders repeatedly deny ever pursuing nuclear weapons", said Mr. Netanyahu.

The Iranian defense chief also said the United States' "behavior toward the nuclear deal is risky for the global system". If the USA abandoned the deal, Iran would be free to evict the inspectors and resume the very activities that Netanyahu decried.

In his surprise speech today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented what he described as Iran's "nuclear files", promising to show proof that Iran has cheated on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 diplomatic agreement better known as the Iranian nuclear deal. Whether this effort is effective or not, however, it does nothing to curb Iran's nuclear potential.

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"Iran had many opportunities over the years to turn over its files to worldwide inspectors from the IAEA and admit its nuclear weapons work", said Pompeo, referring to the global Atomic Energy Agency. "All in all it is a big help for Trump ahead of the May 12 decision".

He says the deal is not based on trust about Iran's intentions, but instead is based on verification and inspections.

"What this means is the deal was not constructed on a foundation of good faith or transparency", Pompeo said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late on Monday released information that he said proves Iran lied about not having a nuclear weapons program in the past.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement saying that he had personally reviewed numerous files, which Israel shared with the U.S. "In 2017 Iran moved its nuclear weapons files to a highly secret location in Tehran".

"One about the nuclear activity post 2025".

These accusations were criticized and condemned by Persian authorities and the solid response of the IAEA, whose experts inspected in 10 occasions the Iranian facilities and ratified the compliance by the Persian nation of what is stated in the worldwide agreement. If this deal proves to be as disastrous as it seems, if it really doesn't limit the Iranians in any meaningful way, and if they have, and continue to lie to the world, Trump's decision to pull out of it would send a clear message to Kim: The US is not to be trifled with.

Speaking to Kommarsant, a nationally distributed newspaper in Russia, Liberman said Israel would have no cause to hit the systems if they were not directed at Israel.

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