Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of lying about its secret nuclear programme, Reuters reported. Netanyahu, in a televised presentation, said Israel has files to prove that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons programme, code-named ‘Project Amad’, until 2003.
Netanyahu, however, did not have evidence to prove that Iran had violated the agreement it signed in 2015 when it agreed to curb its nuclear energy programme in exchange for lifting of sanctions against it. Tehran had claimed that it was only working on developing its nuclear energy programme. Iran had signed the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.
On Tuesday, Iran branded Netanyahu “an infamous liar”, saying the Israeli prime minister had nothing to offer except “lies and deceits”, AFP reported. “Netanyahu and the notorious child-killing Zionist regime must have reached the basic understanding that the people of the world have enough awareness,” The Times of Israel quoted Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi as saying.
Qasemi said Netanyahu’s comments were “worn out, useless and shameful”, adding that it was part of a ridiculous propaganda.
On Monday, Iran refuted the allegations and called Netanyahu “the boy who cried wolf”. It accused Israel of trying to influence United States President Donald Trump’s impending decision on the 2015 deal with Tehran. Trump had said he will take a decision on whether to retain the deal on or before May 12.
A White House statement said there were “new and compelling details” in Israel’s presentation.
Netanyahu said he had discussed the developments with France and Germany. “These files conclusively prove that Iran is brazenly lying when it said it never had a nuclear weapons program,” Netanyahu said. He said Israel had shared information from the 55,000 printed pages and 183 compact discs of data that it had access to with the United States. Netanyahu added that Israel “can vouch for its authenticity.”