Netanyahu Exposes Iranian Nuclear Weapons Development Site

Elias Hubbard
Сентября 11, 2019

Netanyahu made more claims about Iran's nuclear activity a few months later, alleging that the country was operating a "secret atomic warehouse" in Turquzubad, Tehran Province, that contained up to 300 tons of "nuclear-related material".

Mr Netanyahu, a fierce critic of the global nuclear deal with Iran, says Tehran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, a charge Iran denies.

"In this site, Iran conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons", Netanyahu said, adding after Israeli intelligence found out about it, "they destroyed the site".

Netanyahu, who strongly opposed a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, made the remarks in a televised speech about a week before a general election in Israel, in which he is in a tight race to win another term.

Media outlets in Israel say that Netanyahu's move is aimed at urging Trump not to hold a dialogue with Iranian leaders. And I call on the worldwide community to join President Trump's sanctions to exert more pressure on Iran.

Satellite imagery released by Israel appears to show the site fully operational as recently as June 2018. But when the Iranians realized Israel had discovered the site, the prime minister said, "they destroyed the site, simply wiped it out - or tried to", in July 2019.

Netanyahu, Israel's decade-long prime minister, called the new elections after he failed to form a majority government coalition.

Iran has been scaling back again its commitments beneath the 2015 offer in response to US President Donald Trump's pullout from the accord and reimposition of sanctions.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit again at Netanyahu on Twitter late Monday expressing "the possessor of Genuine nukes cries wolf-on an ALLEGED "demolished" web page in Iran". US intelligence officials similarly have made the same conclusion.

The deal has steadily unravelled since then and caused tensions to heighten across the Persian Gulf and broader Middle East.

Iran had already announced the step, its latest violation of the 2015 agreement as it tries to pressure European signatories to find a way to maintain oil shipments and ease the toll of United States sanctions on the Iranian economy.

"Netanyahu is all over again employing intelligence information and facts for his election propaganda", Yair Lapid of the centrist Blue and White alliance claimed on Twitter. During a dramatic press conference earlier today, the Israeli Prime Minister revealed the existence of the site, located at Abadeh in central Iran. At one point, officials suggested it could become an air defense base.

Satellite images of the site obtained by The Associated Press from Maxar Technologies showed a compound with a series of buildings surrounding a courtyard, with other smaller structures away from it.

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