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Trump weighs decision on nuclear deal after Netanyahu's claims that Iran lied

01 May 2018

The Israeli premier has repeatedly called for the accord between world powers and his country's main enemy to either be altered or scrapped.

Mr Netanyahu said he would share the newly uncovered information with Western allies and the worldwide nuclear agency.

Iranian media have dismissed Netanyahu's presentation, with the news agency Fars calling it "a propaganda show" and the state news agency IRNA describing the Israeli PM as "famous for ridiculous displays".

But the Iranian program to design and build nuclear weapons was hardly a secret; its existence was the reason that the United States, under President George W. Bush and then President Barack Obama, moved to block it.

"I'm not telling you what I'm doing, but a lot of people think they know", Mr. Trump said. If anything, Netanyahu's revelations regarding the history of Iran's nuclear program highlight how essential the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is, providing the global community with a tool to curb Iran's ambitions to build nuclear weapons. "One hundred thousand secret files prove it did".

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"In seven years, that deal will have expired and Iran is free to go ahead and create nuclear weapons".

Although the presentation was live on Israeli television, Netanyahu made clear that his audience was overseas: he delivered most of his speech in English, before switching to Hebrew. Netanyahu said he already has given the information to the US, and he plans to share it with Western allies and the worldwide nuclear agency.

While Iran's leaders have repeatedly denied that the country ever meant to develop nuclear weapons, the files show plans to design and test five warheads, each with a 10-kiloton TNT yield, according to Israel.

NAN reports that on April 24, macron while on a state visit to the USA offered the idea of a new deal at a joint White House press conference with his US counterpart as a way of salvaging the 2015 agreement, which Trump has threatened to leave. After the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran "continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons knowledge" for future use.

Netanyahu spoke this evening with Russian President Vladimir Putin in wake of the exposure of the documents on the Iranian plan to achieve nuclear weapons. The oversight and inspection provisions of the Iran deal have clearly failed.

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"That is just not an acceptable situation", Mr Trump said.

Analysts pointed out that there was no smoking gun in Netanyahu's speech and nothing he presented knocked down the consensus that Tehran has abided by the 2015 agreement.

Reactions were mixed to Netanyahu's address, with many nuclear experts saying the intelligence confirmed what had been known when the nuclear deal was signed.

After twice playing video of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif affirming that "we never wanted to produce a bomb", Netanyahu retorted: "Yes you did".

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Trump weighs decision on nuclear deal after Netanyahu's claims that Iran lied