Iran, Israel defense ministers exchange fresh threats

Elias Hubbard
May 2, 2018

In a televised address on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that even after signing the Iran nuclear deal, meant to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program, Tehran has kept and continued to develop its nuclear weapons "know-how" for future use.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu claimed Iran is lying about its nuclear weapons programme in a bombshell speech yesterday - claiming the Islamic Republic had "lied". According to Netanyahu, the European states expressed much interest in the findings.

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The unnamed United States officials told NBC News that Israel now seems to be preparing for military action against Iran in Syria and is seeking United States support. Iran has denied that it planned to build nuclear weapons and recognition of intent was not part of the JCPOA.

"The Iranians are clean in regard to the nuclear deal because it is a gift given to them by an exhausted, tired, naive world. It's like an arsenal of knowledge".

Showing pictures of what he said were Iran's secret document storage, he said: "In a great intelligence achievement, Israel obtained half a tonne of material inside these vaults".

French President Immanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angel Merkel had urged the Trump administration to stay with the deal, when they both visited the US capital last week.

"The next weeks will represent one of the most explosive regional situations that involve Israel", said Ely Karmon, a scholar with the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, at Israel's Interdisciplinary Center.

Netanyahu also responded to the fears surrounding the May 12 USA deadline and the supposed threats of war that were voiced in the last 24 hours, saying that Israel is on an inevitable track.

Netanyahu told CNN on Tuesday that "nobody" sought war with Iran, a prospect seen by some as a possible result of the deal's collapse.

Also in the interview, Netanyahu evaded questions about Israel's nuclear warfare capabilities.

"This is a bad deal".

Britain's foreign minister says the alleged new evidence presented by Israel about Iranian nuclear intentions shows why the global nuclear deal with Iran must remain in place.

Some say Netanyahu's statement on Iran's nuclear activity was an attempt to encourage President Trump to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal.

The British Foreign Office similarly said that "the fact that Iran conducted sensitive research in secret until 2003 shows why we need the intrusive inspections allowed by the Iran nuclear deal today". The source added that Iran could become a power in the region and try to take over the Middle East and that this was "clear to Israeli intelligence".

Two Israeli F-15D Eagle aircraft practice air defense maneuvers mission over the Nevada Test and Training Ranges, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during Exercise Red Flag in 2004.Iran's ability to retaliate against Israel is limited. In addition, he said that Israel's position has always been to impose sanctions on Iran and to do everything to stop Iran from gaining nuclear power.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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