Bennett urges world to act after report on alleged Iranian nuclear deception

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says evidence that Iran used secret UN documents to get a jump on nuclear inspections and cover up enrichment activity should be a “wake up call to the world.”

“The systematic policy of fraud, theft and concealing evidence by Iran against the IAEA should now become a definitive fact in the eyes of the international community,” he says in a statement sent by his office.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Iranian nuclear records stolen by Israeli spies from an archive showed the presence of documents from the International Atomic Energy Agency along with notes in Persian about how to mislead inspectors or hide activity between 2004 and 2006.

The Wall Street Journal had described its source for the information as “a Middle East intelligence agency that hails from a country that opposes Iran’s nuclear program,” likely referring to Israel’s spy services, which would have almost certainly needed Bennett’s okay to leak the papers.

Though the documents are nearly 20 years old, Bennett says the report offers “additional proof of Iranian efforts to advance toward achieving nuclear weapons.

Iran insists it has given up any ambitions for a nuclear weapon, but it has continued to enrich uranium to levels that are only usable for weapons, according to Western intelligence.

Bennett praises IAEA Rafael Grossi for continuing to press Iran on unanswered questions about nuclear activity and not closing inspection files from that period.

Rafael Mariano Grossi, director-general of the IAEA, presents a surveillance camera at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on December 17, 2021. Alex Halada/AFP)

“Apart from the deception, the documents attest to prohibited and ongoing nuclear activity, which reveals new issues that demand investigation. In light of the foregoing, the time has come for the IAEA Board of Governors to issue a clear message to Iran: Enough,” Bennett says.

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