Netanyahu accuses Iran of destroying secret nuclear site

Cheryl Sanders
September 10, 2019

"In this site, Iran conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons".

According to DailyMail, Netanyahu revealed the existence of the site, which he said is located at Abadeh in central Iran, during a dramatic press conference on Monday.

He showed pictures of what he claimed was the Abadeh site "before" and "after" Iran realized Israel was on to them - and said the Abadeh site was uncovered from a super-secret nuclear archive previously exposed by Israel.

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, responded to Netanyahu on Twitter, referring to him as "the possessor of real nukes" who "cries wolf - on an alleged "demolished" site in Iran".

Netanyahu's claims of secret Iranian nuclear activity are somewhat ironic, given that Israel itself is widely believed to have its own clandestine nuclear weapons program, which Tel Aviv has neither confirmed nor denied.

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But while he then accused Iran of lying about its atomic ambitions, he did not provide evidence that Tehran had actively worked to obtain the bomb since its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Blue and White Party co-leader Yair Lapid called Netanyahu's address a political stunt ahead of next week's Israeli elections. Iran has been steadily ramping up its nuclear activities following the American withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and the ratcheting up of USA sanctions.

"It's not Iran that needs to be brought back into the fold. everybody needs to re-commit, both sides have legitimate issues", Khouri notes, "the critical thing is to make sure that anything that is discussed is sanctioned by worldwide law, they can't have a negotiation that is defined by what Donald Trump or Mike Pompeo wants, that wouldn't go anywhere because Iranians would refuse it".

Despite having opposed the deal, he has recently called on European nations to enforce its parameters as he and the United States seek to raise the pressure on Iran. We will try to keep the secular population as a population that has a majority in our government.

Despite the ongoing tensions, Trump on Monday said that a meeting with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani "could happen".

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