Israeli PM Benjamin Netayahu is claiming a 'new' batch of information proves Iran lied and secretly aimed at building nukes & somehow this means that the Iran deal (JCPOA) should be scrapped because...?
Bibi's claims are falling flat everywhere other than the Whitehouse & US State Department, reminding us all of the spectacle he made of himself at the UN General Assembly in 2012
The bulk of this 'new' information has been known to all intel agencies & the IAEA since around 2005
In 2007 the US released a National Intelligence Estimate [link] (signed off by the 17 intel agencies in USA) which stated:
"Judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program."
This assessment thas not been updated so the US position is that Iran is not seeking weapons.
*update: A new N.I.E. was made in 2011 but only re-enforced the above.
In the start of the presentation he makes out that the Iranian leadership lied when they say they have never sought WMDs and this is supported by the evidence. There are some documents which are supposed to prove that Iran was seeking a nuke from 2001-2003 but those documents are fishy. Gareth Porter has done extensive research and written a book about the topic. Here are his comments on this 'smoking gun' re: 2001-2003 activity (video at 2:15):
Response to Bibi's latest spectacle:
- Pompeo is vouching for the validity of the new documents but saying the CIA has not yet had a chance to process them.
- Trump is playing along, pretending Netanyahu has credibility.
- Foreign governments are reiterating the need for the JCPOA
- eg. Tweet from UK Foreign Office today quotes a recent speech by UK Foreign Minister: "The fact that Iran conducted sensitive research in secret until 2003 shows why we need the intrusive inspections allowed by the Iran nuclear deal today."
- Establishment media is pretty much ignoring this latest circus from the liars in the Knesset, relegating the story to opinion pieces.
- eg. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/01/opinion/benjamin-netanyahu-nuclear-nothingburger.html
- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009, according to IAEA spokesman's statement on May 1 [link].
Parties who signed the JCPOA:
Iran, US, EU, UK, France, Germany, Russia, China