Netanyahu to UN: Don't Wait – Go Check Iranian Nuclear Sites I Unveiled

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the UN General Assembly's 73rd session in New York, September 27, 2018.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the UN General Assembly's 73rd session in New York, September 27, 2018.Credit: Bloomberg
Noa Landau
Noa Landau

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the United Nations' nuclear watchdog to immediately inspect Iranian nuclear sites the premier revealed existed during his speech last week at the United Nations Generaly Assembly 73rd session in New York.

"The International Atomic Energy Agency relates to inspections that it has carried out in various places in Iran but it does not relate to the specific site in Turquzabad which Prime Minister Netanyahu referred to in his UN speech. There is no reason to wait. The IAEA must inspect the site and immediately dispatch monitors with Geiger counters and the Prime Minister's words will be seen as verifiably true."

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Sources at the premier's bureau also said that as opposed to a statement released by the IAEA, "there is no contradiction" between what the UN watchdog knows and what Netanyahu spoke of at the UN. 

"The IAEA," the sources said, "released a general statement and wasn't referring conceretly to information presented at the UN." 

Earlier Tuesday, the UN's nuclear watchdog said its independence is paramount and it does not take intelligence presented to it at face value, in an apparent response to Netanyahu's description of a "secret atomic warehouse" in Iran.

The location of the site in Tehran Netanyahu reveled during his UN address.Credit: Google Maps

"The agency sends inspectors to sites and locations only when needed. The agency uses all safeguards relevant to information available to it but it does not take any information at face value," IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said in a statement

Netanyahu made the revelation during his address at the UN General Assembly last week and called on the IAEA to inspect the facility immediately.

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He said the Iranian facility contains technology for Iran's nuclear program, adding that Iran "took this radioactive material and spread it around Tehran like Nutella." According to Netanyahu, Iran removed 15 kilograms of radioactive material from the warehouse last month, and that it contained up to 300 tons of nuclear-related material.

"I have a message for tyrants of Tehran – Israel knows what you're doing," Netanyahu said. He added that Israel will continue to act against Iran – "also in Syria and also in Iraq."

Also on Tuesday, Israel's defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, claimed that Israel has more information it is keeping to itself regarding the existence of further nuclear sites. "We have a lot of information and we will pick a convenient timing to reveal additional nuclear sites, in Iran as well as in Beirut. We have enough information about Iran and about Hezbollah and we will reveal it when the time is right."

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