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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Prime addresses the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York.

Israeli PM says Iran hiding radioactive material, equipment

UNITED NATIONS (China Daily/Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Iran has hidden “massive amounts of equipment and materiel,” indicating that the country is eyeing nuclear weapon programme.
Speaking at the General Debate of the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu said that nearly 15 kilograms of radioactive material had been stored in the warehouse in the Turquzabad district of Tehran.
“Today I am disclosing for the first time that Iran has another secret facility in Tehran, a secret atomic warehouse for storing massive amounts of equipment and materiel from Iran’s secret nuclear programme,” Netanyahu said.
This site contained as much as 300 tonnes of nuclear-related equipment and materiel, he said, noting Iran hasn’t abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons.
While not detailing what the material was, Netanyahu urged the International Atomic Energy Agency, a UN atomic watchdog, to inspect the location immediately.
Netanyahu also criticised Europe for setting up a legal entity to bypass US re-imposed sanctions, saying such action amounts to an appeasement with Iran.
On Monday, European Union foreign and security policy chief Federica Mogherini said that the EU will set up a legal entity to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran in light of the US withdrawal from the international agreement on Tehran’s nuclear programme and the re-imposition of sanctions.
On Wednesday, leaders of France and Britain, while speaking at the UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting on non-proliferation, vowed to defend the Iran nuke deal.
All these showed that Washington, by exiting the deal and sanctioning Iran, has put itself in isolation, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.
Netanyahu on April 30 revealed what he called a “great intelligence achievement” about Iran’s nuclear programme, saying that he had proof that Iran had been seeking nuclear power even after it signed an agreement curbing its nuclear programme in 2015.
However, Iranian Foreign Ministry later denounced his nuclear allegations against Iran as a “worthless show” and “ridiculous propagandist presentations” that were “merely aimed at spreading lies and deception.”
Tensions between Iran and Israel, as well as the United States, have been running high this year.
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States will impose “tougher than ever” sanctions on Iran after the punitive actions against the country slated in November this year.



(Latest Update
September 29,
2018)


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