May 4, The Iran Project – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a televised address from Israel’s ministry for military affairs on Monday (April 30), accusing Iran of violating the multilateral nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015.
On Monday, Netanyahu accused Iran of concealing its nuclear weapons program and archives, claiming that the Iranian nuclear deal was based on Tehran’s lies. The PM also provided Israeli intelligence data with 100,000 files allegedly proving that the Iranians were lying about the nuclear program designed for military use.
Netanyahu’s new anti-Iran show comes only ahead of a May 12 deadline for US President Donald Trump to decide whether Washington would keep its side of the multilateral deal with Iran.
Those comments leveled Israeli hawkish premier have prompted reactions from other signatories in support of the deal, including Iran, UK, Germany and France reaffirming once again that the existing deal was working and thus should be saved as numerous reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have already verified Tehran’s full commitment to its side of the bargain.
“Boy who can’t stop crying wolf”
In a tweet on Monday (April 30), Zarif described Israeli prime minister as the “boy who can’t stop crying wolf”.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said US President Trump is jumping on a rehash of old allegations raised by Netanyahu to kill the nuclear deal.
“Undeterred by cartoon fiasco at UNGA. You can only fool some of the people so many times,” Zarif wrote, referring to Netanyahu’s 2012 address to the United Nations in which he unfolded a cartoonish diagram showing three stages that Iran would need to go through to obtain nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, Ali Akbar Velayati, Ayatollah Khamenei’s senior advisor on international affairs, told reporters that the reason behind Netanyahu’s recent remarks is that the Zionists have lost hope in being able to consolidate their control over the region.
He added that when officials of the Zionist regime witnessed the victories of the Islamic Republic and its allies in the region while their own agents, including Daesh and al-Nusra Front, were being defeated, they resorted to such remarks.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami condemned Netanyahu remarks against Tehran and warned that if the Israeli officials do not refrain from plotting against the Islamic Republic, they will definitely regret it
He further dismissed as “baseless and unfounded” the Israeli premier’s allegations against Iran and said raising such claims, which even ordinary people do not accept, is a sign of the Zionist regime’s frustration over its recent defeats in the region and in the face of the Palestinians’ resistance.
In another development, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi has said that Netanyahu is playing a baseless childish, naive game.
“What we saw from Netanyahu was nothing but a childish and ridiculous show,” Araqchi told Press TV on Monday, adding that it was also a repeat of Netanyahu’s speeches in the past.
Europe backs JCPOA
Just hours after Netanyahu’s show, the EU foreign policy chief stated that what the Israeli premier tried to present as documents on Iran’s “secret” nuclear work fails to question Tehran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, and that any such claims should solely be assessed by the UN nuclear watchdog.
“What I have seen from the first reports is that Prime Minister Netanyahu has not put into question Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) commitments, meaning post-2015 nuclear commitments,” Federica Mogherini said Monday.
In a meantime, the leaders of Britain, France and Germany also have reaffirmed their support for the landmark nuclear deal with Iran, noting that it is the best way to keep limitations on Iran’s nuclear program in place.
According to a statement by the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the remark in separate phone calls with the British premier as a May 12 deadline looms for US President Donald Trump to decide on whether to reestablish sanctions against Tehran.
Johnson has reaffirmed his country’s support for the landmark nuclear deal despite Israeli claims that Tehran had violated the 2015 agreement, saying that the Iran nuclear deal was “based on tough verification,” and London would stick with it.
“The Iran nuclear deal is not based on trust about Iran’s intentions; rather it is based on tough verification, including measures that allow inspectors from the IAEA unprecedented access to Iran’s nuclear program,” the British foreign secretary said.
Besides, Merkel said the nuclear treaty with Iran should be preserved, but urged Israel to quickly share the purported new intelligence about Tehran’s nuclear program with IAEA.
Merkel said: “it’s very important the information which came from Israel is made available to the IAEA very quickly so that an examination can take place there.”
Speaking at a news conference in Australia, Macron warned against attempts at sabotaging the nuclear deal, noting that no one wants more regional tensions.
France is “very much attached to the stability of the region,” he added, saying, “I think nobody wants a war in the region, and nobody wants an escalation in terms of tension in the region.”
“Blow up the deal”
It is also worth mentioning that in a series of tweets, former Secretary of State John Kerry sought to counter remarks made by Netanyahu.
“Every detail PM Netanyahu presented yesterday was every reason the world came together to apply years of sanctions and negotiate the Iran nuclear agreement – because the threat was real and had to be stopped. It’s working!” Kerry wrote.
He went on to warn that any effort to “blow up the deal” could cost the international community visibility into Iran’s nuclear program.
“More reason to stay in Iran deal”
In an interview with “PBS“, former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said that: “Netanyahu presentation offers more reason to stay in Iran deal.”
The Islamic Republic of Iran on numerous occasions asserted that its nuclear program is merely peaceful and not meant to make nukes, this is while Israel is widely thought to possess hundreds of nuclear warheads and refuses to either allow inspections of its nuclear facilities or join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Now this crucial question arises that who is really lying?