Republican Senator: Netanyahu said nothing new
- Author: Leroy Wright May 01, 2018,
May 01, 2018, 15:34
After the evening live presentation of Israeli documents on Iran's nuclear moves, Netanyahu also spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on this matter, the statement said. "After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its effort to hide its nuclear files". "And in a few days' time, President Trump will decide, will make a decision on what to do with the nuclear deal".
The EU has noted that the Israeli claims only relate to the history of Iran's weapons programme - and do not suggest the country is in violation of the worldwide nuclear agreement.
The US president also rebutted the suggestion that walking away from the Iran deal would send a disastrous signal to North Korea - as Washington seeks to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.
So, what Netanyahu has, Hayden says, is documentation that "fill [s] in the story that we and the Israelis had already been telling".
"Now that the world knows Iran has lied and is still lying, it is time to revisit the question of whether Iran can be trusted to enrich or control any nuclear material", the secretary of state said.
While addressing a joint press conference at White House Macron spoke about a new Iran deal accommodating USA concerns, including Iran missile program and Tehran's growing influence in the region. "They could tell the truth, they could say, we had this program, this secret program, it's over, we shelved it, it doesn't exist, we destroyed the material", he continued.
Mr Pompeo also warned that the USA was now "assessing what the discovery of Iran's secret nuclear files means for the future".
What "proof" did Netanyahu produce?
In a nationally televised address, Netanyahu said Israel recently uncovered 55,000 documents and 183 CDs of information from Iran's "nuclear archives".
The project, he said, had had the explicit goal of producing five warheads, each with the yield of 10 kilotonnes of TNT.
"But Pompeo declined to say whether the documents provided evidence of a violation of the nuclear deal", Reuters reports.
Netanyahu said Israel has shared the documents with the US.
Trump has until May 12 to decide whether to restore sanctions on key oil-producer Iran that were lifted after the global agreement. The Vienna-based IAEA ended a 12-year probe in December 2015 into the possible military dimensions of Iran's past atomic work.
The U.S. -led agreement offered Iran relief from crippling sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
There had been fears that Iran would use the programme to create a nuclear weapon.
The Israeli premier has repeatedly called for the deal - which Iran signed with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - to be either altered or scrapped. In a readout posted on Iran's official government website, he said the deal is by no means negotiable..
"So in December 2015, the IAEA published its final assessment of what it called the military aspects of Iran's nuclear program".
Mr Netanyahu's statement came after a missile strike on government outposts in northern Syria on Sunday night, which reportedly killed several Iranians.