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Netanyahu rehashes false claims about Iran’s nuclear energy program

Politics - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rehashed his unfounded claims about Iran’s nuclear energy program, urging greater pressure on the Islamic Republic.

In a meeting with Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday, Netanyahu once again baselessly accused Iran of pursuing a nuclear weapons program, alleging that the Islamic Republic posed a threat to Israel and the world.

“I think we need to increase the pressure on Iran,” Netanyahu said, claiming Tehran will ‘change its nuclear policy’ only if it comes under mounting pressure.

The US, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly charged that Iran may intend to acquire nuclear-weapons capability in the future.

Over the false allegation, Washington and the European Union have imposed a series of illegal unilateral sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s oil and financial sectors. The bans come on top of four rounds of US-instigated UN Security Council sanctions against Iran under the same pretext.

Iran rejects the allegation over its nuclear energy program and argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Meanwhile, numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities by the IAEA have yielded no evidence that the Iranian nuclear energy program has been diverted toward non-civilian purposes.

This is while the Israeli regime is a non-signatory to the NPT and continues to defy international calls to join the treaty.

Israel, which is widely believed to possess between 200 and 400 nuclear warheads, maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity over its nuclear weapons work.


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