What he did prove is that Iran lied to the IAEA about their pre-deal program. Per the JCPOA, the agreement was not to be implemented without that information. But Iran’s lies mean the entire deal is based on falsehood and never should have been implemented
What Netanyahu proved
What did Netanyahu actually prove in his video and power point demonstration – and to whom did he aim his presentation?
Using information secretly gathered from Iran and verified by the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu exposed a major lie in the information the Iranians supplied to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). That data was a requirement before implementing the JCPOA. In other words, the entire agreement was based on a lie and should never have been implemented.
The PM revealed a cache of files that prove Tehran ran a secret program to build nuclear weapons. Iranian leaders have long said their nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes. But Netanyahu revealed tens of thousands of pages of documents, which he said were copied from a “highly secret location” in Iran.
What Netanyahu said and what he did not say
Netanyahu said the information — which was obtained within sometime in February — shows Iran is “brazenly lying” about its nuclear weapons program and moved all of its nuclear files and designs to a secret location, proving the country is not complying with that key provision of the nuclear deal.
Netanyahu revealed that Israeli intelligence secured a half ton cache of files, fifty-five thousand pages and another 55,000 files on 183 CDs, from that secret storage building in Tehran.
Fessing up about their pre-deal nuclear program was a condition for the implementation of the deal. It is one of the examples of non-compliance mentioned in an earlier post. The IAEA was to produce a report about Iran’s pre-deal nuclear program by the end of 2015.
According to that IAEA report, Iran said that it never had a nuclear weapons program. They specifically denied the existence of the Amad program.
The five principle goals of the Amad program were “designing nuclear weapons, developing nuclear cores, building nuclear implosion systems, preparing nuclear tests and integrating nuclear warheads on missiles.”
After 2003, Iran officially shut down Project Amad but carried on its work secretly using the same personnel. The person who ran the Amad program, Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is now running a clandestine program “Special activities” whose work is carried out by SPND an organization inside Iran’s Defense Ministry. Many of SPND’s key personnel worked under Fakhrizadeh on Project Amad.
While it certainly seems that way, it is important to note that the Prime Minister did not offer conclusive proof that the SPND was working on a nuclear bomb.