Iran Dismisses Israeli Atomic Warehouse Claims as ‘Arts and Craft Show’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a press conference with German Vice Chancellor and Sigmar Gabriel (Unseen) at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on June 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli claims that Tehran harbours a secret atomic warehouse were roundly dismissed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday.

Instead he demanded Israel realises it is “time to fess up and open its illegal nuclear weapons” program to international inspectors.

“How can Israel, as the only holder of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, so shamelessly accuse a country whose programmes have repeatedly been declared as peaceful by the IAEA,” the UN nuclear watchdog, Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying.

He said Israel and the United States stood “alone” and isolated globally, as “policies forced by Netanyahu on America” had driven them both to isolation.

Zarif’s outburst follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accusing Iran of hiding another nuclear site during a speech at the United Nations on Thursday.

The Israeli leader also slammed the International Atomic Energy Agency for its failure to investigate after Israel’s April very public unveiling of the Iranian nuclear program archive.

Netanyahu had held up a map and a photograph of an outwardly “innocent looking compound” which he said was a secret atomic warehouse in Tehran and urged the IAEA to inspect.

“Today, I’m disclosing for the first time that Iran has another secret facility in Tehran, a secret atomic warehouse for storing massive amounts of equipment and materiel from Iran’s secret nuclear weapons programme,” he said.

Israel, along with Saudi Arabia and its allies, are the main supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump’s abandonment of the flawed JCPOA 2015 nuclear accord between the major powers and Iran.

AFP contributed to this report

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