Netanyhau fires back at critics on Iran nuclear deal

PM rejects claims that Israel didn't find new material in Iran nuclear project archive haul. 'People who say that haven't seen anything.'

David Rosenberg,

Flash 90

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke out Sunday afternoon on the Iran nuclear deal, just days after making a special video address revealing new information Netanyahu claimed proved Iran has lied about its plans to achieve nuclear weapons capabilities.

Speaking to reporters in a press briefing on Sunday, Netanyahu attacked the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, saying that the agreement brokered during the Obama administration enriched the Tehran regime while allowing Iran to retain its uranium enrichment capabilities.

“The JCPOA was fatally flawed on weaponization,” Netanyahu said.

“Here’s the deal. 159 pages. They deal basically with two things… uranium enrichment and Iranian enrichment. That’s what this deal does. It gives them unlimited enrichment in both ways because it removes the sanctions and gives them the ability to enrich uranium on an industrialized scale. Here’s the half a page. The deal is in this entire document that deals with weaponization. That’s it.”

“And this document was based on a lie. It was based on a fictitious Iranian report to the IAEA. It was based on a lie and we can prove it.”

On April 30th, Netanyahu made a live video address, revealing archive documents acquired by Israel during a daring operation in Tehran last year.

In the address, Netanyahu claimed that newly translated documents found in Iran’s nuclear program records proved Tehran had repeatedly lied to the West during negotiations for the JCPOA, and that Iran had continued a secret nuclear weapons project following international pressure to close its official program in 2003.

On Sunday, Netanyahu also rejected criticism by some supporters of the JCPOA who claimed Israel had not obtained new information which was unknown to the negotiating teams involved in drafting the 2015 agreement.

“Anyone who says there’s nothing new in the material we showed has not seen the material. 100% of the people who said that there was nothing new, did not see the material. They’re going to see it now because we’re passing it on to the main intelligence services in all the P5+1, plus some others as well.”

With less than a week left before President Donald Trump’s May 12th deadline for a critical decision on the future of the deal, Netanyahu again warned that the JCPOA, even if adhered to, would not in its present form prevent Iran from obtaining atomic weapons within the next decade.

“My point is very simple: if you don’t violate a dangerous deal, it doesn’t make it less dangerous. And to those who say that this proves why you need the deal, I say that a deal that enables Iran to keep and hide all its nuclear weapons know-how, is a horrible deal. And the last thing you can say about it, is that it blocks all of Iran’s paths to the bomb. In fact, it does the very opposite. What do we want? I said it from the start, it has to be either fully fixed or fully nixed. But if you do nothing to this deal, if you keep it as is, you will end up with Iran with a nuclear arsenal in a very short time.”

President Trump is set to announce on May 12th whether he will sign a waiver extending the sanctions relief for Iran, a key condition of the JCPOA, or restore sanctions, effectively terminating the deal.

European leaders, including France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, have lobbied the White House to continue the sanctions relief, while Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Gulf Arab states have urged the US to either fix the agreement or terminate it.

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