Mr Netanyahu alleged that the “secret atomic warehouse” could contain up to 300 tonnes of nuclear material and accused the International Atomic Energy Agency of failing to investigate findings that he presented earlier this year about Iran’s nuclear programme which Israel’s security services had smuggled out of Tehran.
It has been alleged that around 15 kilograms of radioactive material has been recently removed from the newly identified warehouse and hidden elsewhere across the city, endangering the capital’s residents.
The new nuclear site – for which the coordinates were revealed – is reportedly only a mile away from the Iranian nuclear archive Israel accessed in April this year. Israel has previously said that this earlier cache of nuclear documents proved that Iranian leaders covered up their nuclear weapons programme before signing the nuclear agreement.
Mr Netanyahu asserted: “Iran has not abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons…. Rest assured that will not happen. What Iran hides, Israel will find”. Iran’s state-run, English-language Press TV channel broadcast Netanyahu’s remarks live but cut away after he made the allegation about the nuclear warehouse.
The Prime Minister also revealed what he said were Hezbollah precision missile sites hidden in Lebanese capital Beirut. He said: “In Lebanon, Iran is directing Hezbollah to build secret sites to convert inaccurate projectiles into precision guided missiles, missiles that can target deep inside Israel within an accuracy of ten metres”. According to the Israel Defence Forces, Hezbollah has been actively trying to establish infrastructure to convert surface-to-surface rockets to accurate missiles in the Uza’i neighbourhood of Beirut, near the international airport.