White Home claims 'clerical error' led to drastic change in Iran assertion
May 02 2018 by Lorena Waters
According to Iranian state TV, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, has warned, "Iran has the technical capability to enrich uranium to a higher level than it could before a multinational nuclear deal was reached to curb its nuclear program".
Former weapons inspectors say an apparent trove of information on Iran's nuclear weapons program will increase pressure for more intrusive inspections of its atomic sites.
Pompeo said that the files "spell out the scope and scale of the program that they undertook there, and I think makes - I think makes very clear that, at the very least, the Iranians have continued to lie to their own people".
The Israelis made off with a veritable encyclopedia of secrets that the Iranians had stashed in big, refrigerator-like safes in a warehouse in the Shorabad district of Tehran in 2017.
But if Trump snaps those sanctions back in place, not only would the United States be the only signatory to the deal out of compliance - and therefore isolated - but there's a real risk Iran could reciprocate and restart their nuclear program.
The White House is maintaining that a "clerical error" was the reason it issued a statement accusing Iran of now operating a clandestine nuclear weapons program.
Meanwhile, the UN's nuclear watchdog reiterated it had "no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009", citing its assessments from 2015.
On Tuesday, Pompeo told reporters he would "leave it to the lawyers" to determine whether Israel's findings reveal explicit Iranian violations of the nuclear accord. European allies, including Britain, France and Germany who signed the agreement along with Obama have been urging Trump to keep the deal in place.
Israeli Ambassador to US Ron Dermer.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is the wrong person to accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons as his country has repeatedly refused to join any non-proliferation treaties which equates it to North Korea, Middle Eastexperts told RT.
But Netanyahu's presentation said the evidence showed Iran lied going into the deal, a landmark agreement seen by Trump as flawed but by European powers as vital to allaying concerns that Iran could one day develop nuclear bombs.
Israel's intention appears to be to force the organization, a United Nations agency, to demand that the Iranians allow inspections of those sites, even though some may have been closed or dismantled years ago.
Tzuriel wouldn't confirm the attack either, but he stressed "we will not accept Iran basing itself militarily in Syria" because it crosses a "red line" for Israel.
He detailed an alleged programme - "Project Amad" - that he said Iran was forced to shelve in 2003, but kept ready to put into action at any time while improving its "know-how".
One Vienna-based diplomat who has dealt with the IAEA for years, when asked what he made of Netanyahu's speech, said: "Nothing new". They both presented evidence of Iranian deceptions, including hidden facilities.