US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the top secret documents Israel claims to have obtained on Iran's nuclear programme show Tehran has lied. Mr Pompeo said the information indicates that a nuclear deal signed between Iran and six world powers in 2015 was not built on good faith. President Trump has long signalled his desire to abandon the deal and is due to make a decision in the coming weeks. Iran has described the documents as a "rehash of old allegations". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of conducting a secret nuclear weapons programme, dubbed Project Amad, and said it had continued to pursue nuclear weapons knowledge after the project was shuttered in 2003.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed what he says are "secret nuclear files" proving Iran once covertly pursued nuclear weapons. He said thousands of pages of material obtained by Israel showed Iran had deceived the world by denying it had ever sought nuclear weapons. Iran agreed in 2015 to curb its nuclear energy programme in return for the lifting of sanctions. It maintained that it had only been pursuing nuclear energy. US President Donald Trump, who has long threatened to scrap the nuclear deal, said the situation was not "acceptable" and he would make a decision on the deal on or before 12 May.
Iran has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "an infamous liar" over allegations he made about a secret Iranian nuclear weapons programme. Mr Netanyahu's revelations have split Western powers, days before the US is due to decide on whether to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. France said some of the information had been disclosed in 2002, and stressed the importance of continuing the deal. The US, however, said it was proof it was not built on good faith. US President Donald Trump, who opposes the accord, has until 12 May to decide whether to abandon it or not.
Israeli prime minister claims Iran had been hiding all of the elements of a secret nuclear weapons program. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed new "dramatic" intelligence Monday which he claimed shows Iran is "brazenly lying" about its nuclear weapons program and shows the country is not complying with the vaunted nuclear deal it signed in 2015. The information was obtained within the past 10 days, Israeli officials told Fox News. Netanyahu said the'half a ton" of files were moved to a "highly secret" location in Tehran after the deal was signed, and contained materials spread over 55,000 pages and 55,000 files on 183 CD's. "These files conclusively prove that Iran is brazenly lying when it says it never had a nuclear weapons program," he said.
A sustained effort by the administration of US President Donald Trump and its allies at home and the Middle East to cancel, or at least renegotiate, the Iran nuclear deal appears to have succeeded in bringing one major European country, France, to its side. French President Emmanuel Macron said during a visit to the United States this week that he hoped to "work on a new deal with Iran" following "frank discussions" with Trump. The US president is a fierce critic of the historical 2015 pact, signed between Tehran and US, France, Russia, Germany, China, the UK and the European Union are signatories to the agreement. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani swiftly countered, saying: "You [Trump], along with the leader of some European country, are deciding for an agreement reached among seven parties. Who allowed you to do that?"