“We’re going to show you something that the world has never seen before.”
Those were Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s words on Monday as he introduced information detected by Israeli intelligence regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program, giving an impetus for President Donald Trump to withdraw the United States from the Iran deal.
In an 18-minute presentation at the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said that the files “conclusively prove that Iran is brazenly lying when it says it never had a nuclear weapons program.”
Netanyahu unveiled binders of 55,000 pages and 183 CDs consisting of 55,000 files that the prime minister said demonstrates Iran has developed a nuclear weapons program, despite the regime denying otherwise.
Netanyahu’s slideshow consisted of bullet points, pictures, and videos of a four-year Iranian nuclear program called Project Amad. The program reportedly aimed to “design, build, and test nuclear weapons.”
For example, the program allegedly sought to consist of having “five warheads, each with 10 Kiloton TNT yield, for integration on a missile.”
Netanyahu said that because of the Iraq War, Iran was forced to shelve the program and instead split it into two: “covert and overt” operations.
During the presentation, the prime minister made the following conclusions:
- Iran lied about never having a nuclear weapons program.
- Even after the deal, Iran continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons know-how for future use.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated that Trump is expected to withdraw from the accord on May 12, which is a deadline to either waive or reimpose sanctions on the regime.
The ball is now in the president’s court. Whether he will take a shot at Iran by withdrawing from what may be the worst deal since the 1938 Munich Agreement, despite the speculation, remains to be seen.