The International Atomic Energy Agency’s “surrender” to Iran is a “black mark” on the UN watchdog, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the beginning of Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting.
He was referring to the IAEA’s decision to end its probe into a nuclear facility in Marivan, in western Iran, where traces of uranium were found in 2019. According to Iran, the IAEA also closed a separate investigation into uranium particles found in the underground Fordow facility.
Netanyahu stated: “If the Atomic Energy Agency becomes a political organization, its monitoring activities in Iran will have no meaning, nor will the reports it produces on Iran’s nuclear activities have any meaning. In any case, Israel under our leadership does not stand by. We stand our ground firmly both in public and behind closed doors.”
In 2018, the Mossad’s theft of an entire archive of Iranian nuclear documents was nothing short of a spectacular and eye-opening undercover operation. Netanyahu noted that Israel “revealed information to the world” on Iran’s secret nuclear archive. The information “unequivocally proved that Iran violates the inspection agreements and that it operates in the nuclear field for military purposes and not for innocent civilian purposes.” Did the IAEA conveniently forget about this important Mossad operation in order to appease Iran?
Netanyahu: Atomic Watchdog’s ‘surrender’ to Iran is a ‘black mark’ on the agency, by Pesach Benson/TPS via World Israel News, June 5, 2023