Netanyahu updates world leaders on Iran's threatening nuclear program

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron on the phone.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday spoke by telephone with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel regarding the sensational revelations obtained by Israel's intelligence agency about Iran's dangerous nuclear development program.

Speaking at the Ministry of Defense complex in Tel Aviv Monday evening, the Israeli leader unveiled a trove of more than 100,000 documents obtained by the Mossad, Israel's national intelligence agency, in recent weeks from a secret warehouse in southern Tehran. In a speech aimed at the international community and delivered in English, the prime minister showed photographs of classified maps, charts, photographs, blueprints, videos and more documenting the Islamic Republic's weapons development program, called Project Amad.

According to a statement by the Prime Minister's Office, Netanyahu "agreed with the leaders that he would, in the coming days, send professional teams to share with Germany and France the detailed material that has reached Israel regarding Iran's efforts to achieve nuclear weapons."


The European leaders have been maintaining that the Iran nuclear agreement, signed in 2015, was the best option available to counter the nuclear threat and have been urging Trump not to dismantle the deal.

Netanyahu also spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the issue. "The two also discussed the situation in Syria and agreed to meet in the near future," the PMO stated.

Netanyahu intends to update the leaders of Great Britain and China, the other signatory countries of he nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.

US President Donald Trump praised Netanyahu's presentation, saying it vindicated his stance against the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. Netanyahu has been "100 percent right" about Iran, Trump said. "It is just not an acceptable situation."

Negotiating a 'real agreement' with Iran?

Trump has declined to say whether the US will withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal by the May 12th deadline, but if it does pull out, he may then negotiate a "real agreement."

He underscored that the US "got nothing" for the sanctions relief granted Iran under the accord and that it was a "horrible agreement for the United States."

"In a few days' time, President Trump will decide, will make a decision on what to do with the nuclear deal. I'm sure he'll do the right thing. The right thing for the United States, the right thing for Israel and the right thing for the peace of the world." Netanyahu stated at the end of his presentation.


Israel continues to view Iran as an existential threat and the other signatory states to "fix or nix" the agreement.

 

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