Iran on Tuesday branded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an “infamous liar” over his allegations of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program.
Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi called the accusations that Tehran lied about its nuclear ambitions “worn-out, useless and shameful.”
Netanyahu’s comments came from a “broke and infamous liar who has had nothing to offer except lies and deceits,” Qasemi said in a statement, adding that it was “ridiculous propaganda.”
“Netanyahu and the notorious child-killing Zionist regime must have reached the basic understanding that the people of the world have enough awareness and cognizance,” he added.
On Monday Netanyahu accused Iran of lying about its nuclear program during a speech broadcast on TV.
He revealed information which he said showed that the Islamic Republic had for years worked on developing nuclear weapons, and put in place plans to continue doing so after signing the 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers.
The premier, who has repeatedly called for the accord with Iran to either be altered or scrapped, said Israel had obtained 100,000 secret Iranian files a few weeks ago in one of the “greatest achievements” of Israeli intelligence.
Speaking in English at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu gave a presentation including videos and slides he said exposed Iran’s nuclear dossier.
Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency said Netanyahu was “famous for ridiculous shows.” The semi-official Fars news agency, believed to be close to the Revolutionary Guards, dismissed his speech as a “propaganda show.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Netanyahu was “crying wolf.”
BREAKING: The boy who can't stop crying wolf is at it again. Undeterred by cartoon fiasco at UNGA. You can only fool some of the people so many times. pic.twitter.com/W7saODfZDK
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) April 30, 2018
US President Donald Trump said following Netanyahu’s press conference that “what’s happening today and what’s happened over the last little while and what we’ve learned has really shown that I’ve been 100 percent right.”
Zarif, on Twitter, responded: “Trump is jumping on a rehash of old allegations already dealt with by the [International Atomic Energy Agency] to ‘nix’ the deal. How convenient.” He added that the Israeli reveal was coordinated with the US ahead of the May 12 deadline for Trump to recertify the deal.
Trump has derided the 2015 agreement as “insane,” partly because its restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities begin expiring in 2025.
Most world powers, however, say the nuclear deal is working as intended for now and is the best way to keep Iran from acquiring the bomb.
Iran has always denied it sought a nuclear weapon, insisting its atomic program was for civilian purposes. Netanyahu said the evidence from Iran’s own archive proved it had “brazenly” lied and that the 2015 nuclear deal was built upon “Iranian deception.”
One of the greatest intelligence operations
Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said the theft of the document trove was “one of the greatest intelligence operations in the history of the State of Israel.”
In an interview with Ynet news site Tuesday, Katz said: “The Iranian leadership knew that Israel had its hands on its most classified documents.”
He said the operation was unprecedented in scope.
“When the idea of the operation was first presented, I did not believe they could pull it off,” he Katz. “They did something unprecedented here.”