Netanyahu Slams Iran For 'Secret Nuke Program,' Won't Say Whether Israel Developed Nukes In Secret

Chris Menahan
May. 01, 2018

On CNN Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Iran for allegedly working to develop nuclear bombs in secret, but refused to say whether Israel did the same (in violation of US non-proliferation law).

From The Daily Caller:
“A ‘yes-no’ question for you,” [CNN’s Chris Cuomo] said. “You know where I’m going with this. Does Israel have nuclear capabilities and nuclear weapons, yes or no?”

“We’ve always said that we won’t be the first to introduce it, so we haven’t introduced it,” Netanyahu replied.

“That’s not an answer to the question. Do you have them or do you not?” Cuomo asked.

“It’s as good an answer as you’re going to get,” Netanyahu said. “Iran said they don’t have this nuclear weapons program and Iran calls daily for the annihilation of my country. We don’t do that.”
Cuomo admitted Iran has a reputation for being dishonest but continued to press the prime minister about his country’s nuclear program.

“If disclosure matters so much, what message does it send when you won’t confirm something that is widely believed by the entire international community?” Cuomo asked. “How does that inspire the spirit of disclosure?”

Netanyahu said it wasn’t about disclosure but about a “commitment” made by Iran to disclose “what it has.”

“You can make all your assumptions,” Netanyahu continued. “One thing is clear, Israel is not threatening the annihilation of any country.”
NBC News reported Tuesday that U.S. officials say Israel "seems to be preparing for war with Iran."

Israel has had its own secret nuclear weapons program since the 1960's. Unlike Iran, experts agree they've used it to develop some 200 nuclear bombs which they refuse to acknowledge exist as it would mean Israel is violating US non-proliferation law.

According to a report in NBC News on Tuesday, two US intelligence officials said Netanyahu's dramatic presentation Monday "didn't contain any big surprises for the U.S. intelligence community" and the information he revealed has been "known for years."

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