Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a robust defense Tuesday of a dramatic presentation in which he accused Iran of "brazenly lying" over its nuclear weapons ambitions.Netanyahu told CNN's "New Day" that a trove of documents, obtained by Israeli intelligence and which he first revealed in a TV address on Monday night, showed Iran had no intention of sticking to its commitments in the 2015 deal brokered with the international community."They don't want the world to know what I showed the world yesterday," Netanyahu said of Iran.The International Atomic Energy Agency said Tuesday that there was no evidence that Iran had continued its nuclear weapons program beyond 2009.Asked about the IAEA's conclusion on CNN's "New Day", Netanyahu replied: "No one had better intelligence on Iran than Israel."Netanyahu said the documents provided a wealth of new information. "When we got this trove of 100,000 documents, we learned so many things we didn't know. We're still learning them," … [Read more...] about Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu defends Iran nuclear accusations
WASHINGTON -- Israel has tried to shake up the debate over the Iran nuclear deal by showing off alleged evidence of Iran's past nuclear weapons program. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said flatly in a dramatic presentation, in English, on Monday that "Iran lied" about its nuclear ambitions. He claimed that a secret archive taken from a warehouse in Tehran includes plans to build atomic warheads. But Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif mocked Netanyahu on Twitter early Tuesday, saying, "the boy who can't stop crying wolf is at it again." Meanwhile, key U.S. ally France -- a signatory to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal -- said that far from proving its illegitimacy, Israel's revelations actually highlight the need to keep the international agreement in place. Ex-CIA chief Hayden: Israel has revealed nothing new on Iran French foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll called the nuclear deal, formally known by the acronym JCPOA, among the "most comprehensive and … [Read more...] about What do Israel’s details on Iran nuclear program prove?
The nation’s largest electrical grid operator announced Monday it will examine whether the trend toward more gas-fired power plants and fewer nuclear and coal plants threatens the long-term security of the power supply for Pennsylvania and 12 other states.The answer, conceivably, could have implications for the Three Mile Island and Beaver Valley nuclear plants, which are planning to close unless they receive financial assistance. Local News As state help fades for 2 nuclear plants, will Trump attempt rescue? Andrew Ott, PJM Interconnection’s president and CEO, emphasized in a press conference that the current mix of power sources is robust enough to handle such disruptions as a cyber security attack, a major gas pipeline explosion or an extreme weather event.But there are legitimate concerns about whether the loss of power suppliers could affect future fuel security, Ott said.If the study finds that reforms are warranted, some current power sources needed to … [Read more...] about Are nuclear power plants needed for long-term grid security?
U.S. The White House blamed a “clerical error” last night for a statement claiming that Iran has nuclear weapons, which if true would have constituted a clear violation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released the statement Monday, hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a press conference outlined why he thought President Donald Trump should abandon the nuclear deal. Donald Trump during his presidential campaign in September 2015, speaking at a rally organized by the Tea Party Patriots against the Iran nuclear deal in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. In the White House, Trump has continued to signal his hostility to the Iran deal. Getty Images "These facts are consistent with what the United States has long known: Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people," the statement from Sanders read. Recommended … [Read more...] about White House Iran Gaffe: Administration Rushes to Correct Claim Iran ‘Has’ Nuclear Weapons Program
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli Cabinet minister said Tuesday his country's dramatic seizure of what it purports to be Iran's nuclear program archive could help deter the Islamic Republic from trying to strike Israel.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled Monday what he claimed was a "half ton" of Iranian nuclear documents collected by Israeli intelligence, claiming it proved Iranian leaders covered up a nuclear weapons program before signing a deal with world powers in 2015.Netanyahu's speech was delivered in English and relied on his trademark use of visual aids. He claimed the material — some 55,000 pages of documents and 183 CDs of secret information Israeli Mossad operative obtained from a Tehran facility — shows Iran cannot be trusted and encouraged President Donald Trump to withdraw from the deal. Trump says the discovery vindicated his criticism of the deal.Tehran, which has denied ever seeking nuclear weapons, dismissed Netanyahu's move as a … [Read more...] about Israeli minister: Seized nuclear archive could deter Iran