Iranian FM: Israel is the only one with secret, undeclared nuclear program

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks during the opening of the IDF Exhibition in Tel Aviv

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was replying to allegations by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

The response came after Netanyahu on Thursday claimed at the General Assembly that Iran has a "secret atomic warehouse" on Tehran's outskirts and challenged United Nations inspectors to examine it.

"Netanyahu has to explain how Israel, being the only regime that has nuclear weapons in the region, can so cynically level such allegations against a country whose nuclear program's peacefulness has been repeatedly certified by the IAEA", Zarif told Iran's official IRNA news agency.

He told Israel it was "time to fess up and open its illegal nuclear weapons" programme to worldwide inspectors.

Seeking to pressure the International Atomic Energy Agency to pay attention to Israel's findings and inspect the new site, Netanyahu declassified details of its contents and warned that Iran was in the process of clearing the facility since he revealed in April a special ops raid of a nearby Iranian nuclear archive facility by Israeli agents. The world will laugh at Netanyahu's claims, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said, according to Fars News.

"The only objective of this is to undercut the reality that Israel is the biggest threat to the region and Netanyahu himself has stood in a facility that produces nuclear weapons and threatened the annihilation of other nations".

Separately, Netanyahu in his speech before the General Assembly also held up an image of what he said are rocket factories run by the Iran-backed militant Hezbollah group, hidden in civilian areas of Beirut. Just last month they removed 15 kilograms of radioactive material.

"They had to get it out of the site, so they took it out and they spread it around Tehran in an effort to hide the evidence", he asserted, suggesting that Iranian citizens were at risk of exposure.

According to the Jerusalem Post, "Smotrich called on the Netanyahu to present alternative out-of-the-box ideas to the United States that do not involve dividing the Land of Israel or "fostering national illusions" among Arabs".

Netanyahu criticized Europe for doing so in unusually harsh language that evoked European nations' initial failure to confront Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Another anonymous official told the news agency that the U.S. knew about the facility, which he described as "a warehouse" which housed "records and archives" from Iran's nuclear program.

A USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States is aware of the facility Netanyahu announced and described it as a "warehouse" used to store "records and archives" from Iran's nuclear program.

Prior to this, Netanyahu deployed the now-infamous "Looney Tunes Bomb" during a speech at the UN General Assembly in 2012. "First, we have known about this facility for some time, and it's full of file cabinets and paper, not aluminum tubes for centrifuges, and second, so far as anyone knows, there is nothing in it that would allow Iran to break out of the JCPOA [the Iran nuclear deal] any faster than it otherwise could".

The Israeli military had said Hezbollah is attempting to establish missile conversion infrastructure near Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport. "Not now, not in 10 years, not ever", he said.

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