At a brief news conference on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed the existence of a previously-unknown nuclear weapons development site in Iran.
The prime minister’s address follows an announcement by the IAEA that Iran has violated the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement by installing advanced centrifuges to enable it to increase the enrichment level of its uranium stocks.
“A year and a half ago, we exposed Iran’s secret nuclear archive which revealed that Iran was developing five nuclear warheads as early as 2003,” Netanyahu said Monday. “Last year, we exposed Iran’s secret nuclear warehouse in Turquzabad, which Iran used for storing materials and equipment for its secret nuclear program.”
“Even before that, Iran knew we were on to them, and so they cleared the site. They cleared it... and then they actually covered up the site. This is an actual cover-up. They put gravel on it to try to hide their traces, but they didn’t.
“The IAEA found traces of uranium that Iran hid in these sites. That’s a direct violation of the NPT, the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” he declared.
Netanyahu then revealed that Israel had discovered another secret nuclear facility in Iran, near the city of Abadeh.
“Today, we reveal that yet another secret nuclear site was exposed in the archives that we brought from Tehran. In this site, Iran conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons.”
The PM showed satellite images of the site before July 2019, and said that “When Iran realized that they uncovered the site, they destroyed it.”
[Sources: Israel National News, The Jerusalem Post]