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Israeli leader claims to find new Iranian nuke site

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Deanna Wagner | 10 September, 2019, 20:18

"This is the site near Abadeh, south of Isfahan", Netanyahu explained during a press conference. The second, taken in July, showed parts of a building there that had been destroyed, in what he said was an Iranian cover-up.

"In this site, Iran conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons", Netanyahu said according to Reuters.

These developments arrive on the heels of recent reports that Iran has stopped cooperating with the IAEA's nuclear inspectors who provide oversight on the Islamic Republic's weapons program.

"Israel knows what you're doing, Israel knows when you're doing it, and Israel knows where you're doing it".

He called on world leaders to "wake up and realize that Iran is...systematically lying" and to join US President Donald Trump in imposing sanctions on Tehran, which is continuing its drive to obtain nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

There was no immediate reaction from Iran.

Before concluding the press conference, Netanyahu urged the worldwide community to exert "pressure, pressure and more pressure" on Tehran and to support U.S. President Donald Trump's sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The disclosure of this new nuclear weapons research site comes on the heels of Iran's decision to abandon its commitments under the landmark nuclear deal and run full throttle with the advanced enrichment of uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon.

He called the base a "secret atomic warehouse" - saying it had housed unspecified radioactive material that had since been removed. "We will continue to expose your lies, what we see as a consistent pattern of Iranian lies, deception, and violations".

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The deal has steadily unravelled since then and caused tensions to heighten across the Persian Gulf and broader Middle East.

Details of IAEA inspections are confidential and the agency generally does not comment on them.

These findings were released after the IAEA Acting Director-General Cornel Feruta returned from a trip to Iran on Sunday.

The Iranian foreign minister has in the past referred to the so-called "B-team".

"We are very, let's say rigorous, meticulous and we are faithful to our mandate", Feruta said, without going into specifics.

Netanyahu's latest statement comes just days ahead of Israel's September 17 polls in which he is facing a hard re-election campaign and opponents accused him of politicising intelligence with the presentation.

His two main political rivals - Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, joint leaders of Blue and White - quickly blasted the prime minister for playing party-politics with sensitive intelligence information and using it "for propaganda".

"A year and a half ago, we exposed Iran's secret nuclear archive which revealed that Iran was developing five nuclear warheads as early as 2003".