Iran Threatens to Withdraw from Nuclear Deal Just Moments Before Netanyahu Reveals Hidden Docs


Iran’s deputy foreign minister signaled on Monday that his nation may withdraw from nuclear deal with the U.S. and other western countries, calling it “no longer sustainable.”

“The status quo of the deal is simply not sustainable for us, whether or not the Americans get out of the deal,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said, according to the Iranian Students News Agency.

Araghchi said Iran is “preparing all necessary options for any scenario.”

The deputy foreign minister’s remarks came shortly before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed in a televised speech that Iran is continuing to work on a “secret” nuclear weapons program.

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“Iran lied, big time,” Netanyahu said. “After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret nuclear files.”

“In 2017, Iran moved its nuclear weapons files to a highly secret location in Tehran,” he added. “Few Iranians knew where it was, very few, and also a few Israelis.”

The prime minister said Israel acquired the nuclear program files a few weeks ago from the secret location “in a great intelligence achievement”

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The Israelis secured 55,000 pages outlining the program along with 55,000 files on 183 CDs.

“Here’s what the files included,” Netanyahu said, as he flashed examples of what he described as “incriminating documents, incriminating charts, incriminating presentations, incriminating blueprints, incriminating photos, and more” onto a screen behind him.

“We’ve shared this material with the United States, and the United States can vouch for its authenticity,” he said. “We will also share it with other countries, and we’ll share it with the International Atomic Energy Agency.”

Netanyahu’s revelation comes as President Donald Trump faces a May 12 deadline whether to re-certifiy the Iran nuclear deal.

The prime minister has been one of the most vocal opponents of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed by United States, Great Britain, Germany, China, Russia, France and Iran.

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In exchange for relief from economic sanctions, Iran agreed to significantly curtail its nuclear program over a 10-year period.

During a press conference Monday at the White House, Trump was asked about Netanyahu’s comments and responded saying he has been making the point that Iran is not adhering to the deal.

“You know in seven years that deal will have expired and Iran is free to go ahead and create nuclear weapons. That’s not acceptable,” the president contended. “Seven years is tomorrow.”

Trump added if he does decide to pull the U.S. out of the deal, “that does not mean we won’t negotiate a real agreement.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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