'As the world seeks to defuse tensions between the US and Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reappeared with fresh and controversial claims of “secret” Iranian nuclear activity, and he had visual materials to help.
In a brief press conference on Monday, Netanyahu claimed that Israel has discovered a secret Iranian “nuclear weapons development site” at Abadeh, south of the city of Isfahan. The Iranians “destroyed” the site, however, upon learning that Israel knew about it, Netanyahu said.
Using dramatic visual aids to back up his story – a penchant that has inspired mocking and memes – Netanyahu said it was “incredible” that “every time” Israel reveals information about Iran’s alleged nuclear activities, Tehran suddenly moves to “cover up their tracks.”
He showed pictures of what he claimed was the Abadeh site “before” and “after” Iran realized Israel was on to them – and said the Abadeh site was uncovered from a super-secret nuclear archive previously exposed by Israel.
Last year, Netanyahu made a splash with a showy press conference – during which he stood in front of a bookcase filled with the allegedly top-secret Iranian files – and claimed the 2015 JCPOA Iran nuclear deal was “based on lies.”
In fact, both the UN and international nuclear watchdog the IAEA said Tehran had abided by the terms of the deal, struck after years of intense negotiations. Iran’s foreign ministry promptly branded Netanyahu an “infamous liar” who leads a“child-killing Zionist regime” after those claims.
The timing of Netanyahu’s 2018 PowerPoint press conference was questionable, as it was delivered on the day US President Donald Trump was expected to decide whether or not the US would remain a party to the 2015 JCPOA deal, which he ultimately decided against. '
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