Documents prove Iran lied about nuclear program

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Hours after showing the purported evidence of Iran's deception around the nuclear deal, Netanyahu spoke with the leaders of France, Germany and Russian Federation, promising to share the intelligence he publicized, according to the Prime Minister's office.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel has evidence Iranian officials were "brazenly lying" when they said Iran wasn't pursuing nuclear weapons and that the Islamic republic is keeping an "atomic archive" at a secret compound.

In a statement, Netanyahu claimed Israeli intelligence services had obtained 55,000 pages of Iranian documents revealing how Tehran allegedly lied to the world after signing the nuclear deal.

Opposition MK Amir Peretz (Zionist Union), a former defense minister, said the files revealed Iran as "not only a serial terror exporter, but also an obsessive nuclear developer".

"The Iranian regime has shown it will use destructive weapons against its neighbours and others".

Israel's spy agency Mossad stole a trove of documents from a warehouse in Tehran, Iran, in one of its most brazen missions to date.

"This will belie any notion that there wasn't a program", Pompeo said.

"These facts are consistent with what the United States has long known: Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people".

Mr. Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of conducting a secret nuclear weapons programme, dubbed Project Amad, and said it had continued to pursue nuclear weapons knowledge after the project was shuttered in 2003.

"It is essential that the IAEA can continue to verify Iran's respect for JCPOA (nuclear deal) and the peaceful nature of its nuclear program", she said.

That is why the IAEA inspection regime agreed as part of the Iran nuclear deal is one of the most extensive and robust in the history of global nuclear accords, the spokesman added. The 100,000 files contain, among other things, blueprints, charts, photos, videos and presentations dealing with nuclear weaponry.

She added that a commission of the countries that agreed the deal - China, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the United States and Iran - could review the Israeli information.

"The nuclear agreement with Iran doesn't work. One has to ask: Why exactly was Iran hiding half a ton of nuclear weaponisation files while implementing the Iran deal?"

In Washington, Trump said it vindicated his past criticism of the nuclear deal.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani rejected any hopes of rewriting the nuclear deal. He said it would let Tehran develop nuclear arms after seven years and had proven right what Israel has done today with Netanyahu's disclosures. "That's not acceptable", Trump said, responding to a question during a joint news conference with the visiting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. But it could be just the PR bombshell U.S. President Donald Trump needs. "Well, I can say now they're in a very safe place". He pointed to missile tests, saying Iran is "not sitting back idly".

Some analysts agreed - but said they could still serve their objective. "I don't think so", he said. The European sides to the deal, however, have been making efforts to keep Trump in the agreement.

"We'll see what happens", he said of the upcoming deadline. On or before the 12th, we'll make a decision. He declined to say whether he'll pull out of the deal on May 12 but said that even if he does, "that doesn't mean I wouldn't then negotiate a real agreement". "And it's a terrible agreement for the United States", Trump said.

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