Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that Israel had identified a “secret atomic warehouse” in Tehran, containing nuclear equipment and radioactive material.
In a speech to the UN general assembly on Thursday, Netanyahu said he was revealing the existence of the “atomic warehouse” for the first time in public.
As he has in past presentations, Netanyahu brought visual aids to illustrate his claims.
He held up a satellite image which he claimed showed where the warehouse was located in Tehran, and a photograph of a nondescript wall and metal gate, which he said showed of the exterior of warehouse.
Netanyahu described the facility as a “secret atomic warehouse for storing massive amounts of equipment and materiel from Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program”, but gave no further details, other than to allege that Iranian government officials “had spread 15kg of the radioactive material around the streets of Tehran in an attempt to dispose of it.”
The Israeli prime minister called for new sanctions against Iran and accused European leaders of “appeasement” for opposing them.
“I just used a strong word: appeasement,” Netanyahu said. “I use it reluctantly but unfortunately that is exactly what we are seeing again in Europe.”
“I’m a historian’s son,” the Israeli prime minister went on. “I have to ask: have whether these European leaders learned nothing from history? Will they ever wake up?”
“Do the right thing. Go and inspect this atomic warehouse immediately,” Netanyahu said.