Iran slams lat­est Is­raeli al­le­ga­tions

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TEHRAN — Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif yes­ter­day dis­missed Is­raeli claims that Tehran was har­bour­ing a se­cret atomic ware­house.

“No arts & craft show will ever ob­fus­cate that Is­rael is only regime in our re­gion with a *se­cret* and *un­de­clared* nu­clear weapons pro­gramme,” Zarif said in a tweet.

He called on Is­rael say­ing it was “time to fess up and open its il­le­gal nu­clear weapons” pro­gramme to in­ter­na­tional in­spec­tors.

“How can Is­rael, as the only holder of nu­clear weapons in the Mid­dle East, so shame­lessly ac­cuse a coun­try whose pro­grammes have re­peat­edly been de­clared as peace­ful by the IAEA,” the UN nu­clear watch­dog, Iran’s of­fi­cial IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as say­ing.

He said Is­rael and the United States stood “alone” on the world stage, as “poli­cies forced by

To­day, I’m dis­clos­ing for the first time that Iran has an­other se­cret fa­cil­ity in Tehran,” IS­RAELI PRIME MIN­IS­TER BEN­JAMIN NE­TANYAHU

Ne­tanyahu on Amer­ica” had driven them both to iso­la­tion.

Zarif was re­spond­ing to al­le­ga­tions made by Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu on Thurs­day in a speech to the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly, em­bel­lished by am­ple use of the colour­ful props that have be­come his trade­mark.

Ne­tanyahu held up a map and a pho­to­graph of an out­wardly “in­no­cent look­ing com­pound” which he said was a se­cret atomic ware­house in Tehran and urged the IAEA to in­spect.

“To­day, I’m dis­clos­ing for the first time that Iran has an­other se­cret fa­cil­ity in Tehran, a se­cret atomic ware­house for stor­ing mas­sive amounts of equip­ment and ma­te­rial from Iran’s se­cret nu­clear weapons pro­gramme,” he said.

Is­rael, along with Saudi Ara­bia and its al­lies, are the main sup­port­ers of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s aban­don­ment of a land­mark 2015 nu­clear ac­cord be­tween the ma­jor pow­ers and Iran.

The move, an­nounced in May and ac­com­pa­nied by the sub­se­quent reim­po­si­tion of crip­pling US sanc­tions, has put Wash­ing­ton at odds with other ma­jor pow­ers, in­clud­ing long­stand­ing al­lies. — AFP

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