Iran Calls Netanyahu ‘Infamous Liar’ Over Nuclear Allegations

Foreign ministry spokesman brands PM's speech on file trove relating to Tehran's weapons program 'ridiculous propaganda'

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Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi briefs journalists at a press conference in Tehran on August 22, 2016. (screen capture: YouTube)
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi briefs journalists at a press conference in Tehran on August 22, 2016. (screen capture: YouTube)

Iran on Tuesday branded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an “infamous liar” over his allegations of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program.

Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi called the accusations that Tehran lied about its nuclear ambitions “worn-out, useless and shameful.”

Netanyahu’s comments came from a “broke and infamous liar who has had nothing to offer except lies and deceits,” Qasemi said in a statement, adding that it was “ridiculous propaganda.”

“Netanyahu and the notorious child-killing Zionist regime must have reached the basic understanding that the people of the world have enough awareness and cognizance,” he added.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on Iran’s nuclear program at the defence ministry in Tel Aviv on April 30, 2018. Netanyahu said that he had proof of a “secret” Iranian nuclear weapons program as the White House considers whether to pull out of a landmark atomic accord that Israel opposes. (AFP PHOTO / Jack GUEZ)

On Monday Netanyahu accused Iran of lying about its nuclear program during a speech broadcast on TV.

He revealed information which he said showed that the Islamic Republic had for years worked on developing nuclear weapons, and had continued doing so even after signing the 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers.

The premier, who has repeatedly called for the accord with Iran to either be altered or scrapped, said Israel had obtained 100,000 secret Iranian files a few weeks ago in one of the “greatest achievements” of Israeli intelligence.

Speaking in English at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu gave a presentation including videos and slides he said exposed Iran’s nuclear dossier.

Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency said Netanyahu was “famous for ridiculous shows.” The semi-official Fars news agency, believed to be close to the Revolutionary Guards, dismissed his speech as a “propaganda show.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Netanyahu was “crying wolf.”

US President Donald Trump said following Netanyahu’s press conference that “what’s happening today and what’s happened over the last little while and what we’ve learned has really shown that I’ve been 100 percent right.”

Zarif, on Twitter, responded: “Trump is jumping on a rehash of old allegations already dealt with by the [International Atomic Energy Agency] to ‘nix’ the deal. How convenient.” He added that the Israeli reveal was coordinated with the US ahead of the May 12 deadline for Trump to recertify the deal.

Trump has derided the 2015 agreement as “insane,” partly because its restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities begin expiring in 2025.

Most world powers, however, say the nuclear deal is working as intended for now and is the best way to keep Iran from acquiring the bomb.

Iran has always denied it sought a nuclear weapon, insisting its atomic program was for civilian purposes. Netanyahu said the evidence from Iran’s own archive proved it had “brazenly” lied and that the 2015 nuclear deal was built upon “Iranian deception.”