U.S. official calls on IAEA to investigate Netanyahu’s secret Iran file

On Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reveals to the UN General Assembly details from the spring cache of documents it had lifted out of Tehran in the spring.

September 28, 2018 11:17
2 minute read.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. (photo credit: AVI OHAYON - GPO)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


A US State Department official called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to investigate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claims that Iranian official spread 15 kilograms of radioactive material in Tehran last month in an effort to hide a secret atomic facility near a rug factory.

It is “absolutely imperative that the IAEA fully exercise its authorities in order to provide confidence to the international community that there are no undeclared nuclear materials or activities in Iran,” the official said in a written statement to Reuters.

On Thursday, Netanyahu revealed to the UN General Assembly details from the cache of documents it had lifted out of Tehran in the spring.

Such details included a secret autonomic warehouse in Tehran with as much as 300 tons of nuclear-related equipment and material.

Netanyahu said according to recent satellite images, the Iranian regime was now trying to clean out that warehouse.

At his speech to the UN, Netanyahu appealed to IAEA head Yukiya Amano to inspect the site and the other relevant material Israel collected.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States is aware of the facility Netanyahu announced and described it as a “warehouse” used to store “records and archives” from Iran’s nuclear program.

A second US intelligence official called Netanyahu’s comments “somewhat misleading.”

“First, we have known about this facility for some time, and it’s full of file cabinets and paper, not aluminum tubes for centrifuges. And second, so far as anyone knows, there is nothing in it that would allow Iran to break out of the JCPOA [nuclear deal] any faster than it otherwise could.”

On Thursday night, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu met with UN Secretary General António Guterres to discuss Israel’s cache of documents, which it said proves that Iran had a nuclear program and had hidden it, but not dismantled it. Netanyahu also asked Guterres to speak with Amano about the evidence.

He also appealed to Guterres to use the powers of his office to mobilize the international community and pressure Hamas to release the remains of two soldiers presumed killed during the 2014 war, along with two Israeli citizens who have been held in captivity for the last three and four years.

Separately, they also discussed the importance of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force on the Golan Heights and the United Nations Interim Force on the Lebanese border.

The UN issued a statement on the meeting, explaining that the two leaders discussed regional issues and that on “the Middle East Peace Process, the Secretary-General reaffirmed the United Nations’ positions.”

Guterres also met separately with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. According to the secretary-general’s office, he spoke of “the importance of moving the Middle East peace process forward and underlined their shared commitment for the two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine.”

“The Secretary-General highlighted the importance of continued humanitarian and development assistance to the Palestinian people from the international community, particularly through United Nations Relief and Works Agency,” his office said.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

July 20, 2019
Saudi king approves hosting U.S. troops to enhance regional security


Cookie Settings