Using information secretly removed from Iran and verified by the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu exposed on Monday major Iranian deceptions regarding the history of its nuclear weapons program.
Netanyahu displayed how the rogue regime has been lying to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); telling the truth to the IAEA is a core requirement of the Iranian nuclear deal.
Netanyahu said that the half a ton cache of files Israeli agents removed from a secret storage building in Tehran (link here to story and link here to full text of Netanyahu's speech) shows that Iran has been “brazenly lying” about its nuclear weapons development program. (This is just one example of Iran’s non-compliance. For more, link here to this week’s Politics to Go column.)
According to the IAEA, Iran said that it never had a nuclear weapons program, specifically denying the existence of Project Amad whose five principle goals were “designing nuclear weapons, developing nuclear cores, building nuclear implosion systems, preparing nuclear tests and integrating nuclear warheads on missiles.”
After 2003, Iran officially shut down Amad but carried on its work secretly using the same personnel. The person who ran the Amad program, Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, is now running a clandestine “special activities” program whose work is carried out by SPND, an organization inside Iran’s Defense Ministry. Many of SPND’s key personnel worked under Fakhrizadeh on Project Amad.
It is important to note that the Netanyahu did not offer conclusive proof that the SPND was working on a nuclear bomb, although this may be the case. What he did prove is that Iran lied to the IAEA about their pre-deal program.
Per the JCPOA, the agreement was not to be implemented without that information. But Iran’s lies mean the entire deal is based on falsehood and never should have been implemented.
The files removed by Israeli intelligence from the storage building in Tehran prove that after the deal was made, “Iran continued to preserve and expand its nuclear know-how for use at a later date.” This contradicts this JCPOA stipulation: “Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.” To meet this stipulation, Iran should have gotten rid of the files; instead, it seems to be keeping the information for a rainy day.
Netanyahu ended his presentation with, “In a few days’ time, President Trump will make his decision on what to do with the nuclear deal. I am sure he will do the right thing, the right thing for the United States, the right thing for Israel, and the right thing for peace in the world.”