45Pompeo: Israel's Iran Documents 'Authentic', Prove Iran Had Secret Nuke Program


The prime minister paced in front of shelves holding binders containing thousands of documents that he said proved Iran had lied about its nuclear weapons program. "I hope Trump comes to his senses and stays in the deal", Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted by Iranian state television as saying.

Speaking in English, perhaps with an global audience in mind, he says the material is filled with incriminating evidence showing the Iranian program, called "Project Amad", was to develop a weapon.

These files provide a "conclusive evidence" that Iran had deceived the global community since the deal was signed in 2015, Netanyahu said. Iran continues to lie ...

"Iran lied big time", Mr Netanyahu declared. And we can not rely on Iran's promises that it will not develop nuclear weapons when restrictions on its program start to sunset.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro wrote that the documents demonstrate "that the Obama administration lied constantly and repeatedly to the public about Iran's newfound moderation in order to scam the public into approving Obama's Iran nuclear deal - a deal that allowed Iran to maximize its regional power with income from the West". Under the the framework of the deal Iran would redesign, convert, and reduce its nuclear facilities in return for the lifting of global sanctions. In exchange, it was given relief from global economic sanctions and some of its assets overseas were unfrozen.

Netanyahu leveled the accusations in a televised address, but did not provide evidence that Tehran had actively worked to obtain an atomic weapon since the 2015 deal was struck.

Mr Trump today met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for the first time since his controversial comments on "s***hole" African countries. "But, we knew that already".

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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.

Speaking in English at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu gave a presentation including videos and slides he said exposed Iran's nuclear dossier.

Trump has threatened to pull out of the agreement in the coming weeks unless it is renegotiated.

Iran may not wait for that to happen, though.

Netanyahu also said that the files show that Iran also failed to come clean about its past nuclear research, as required by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - the "Iran deal" - in 2015.

Iran on Monday dismissed "unfounded" accusations by new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over its "ambition to dominate the Middle East".

Asked if his decision to pull out of the Iran deal would send the wrong message to North Korea, Trump said on the contrary it would send the right message.