Israeli PM claims Iran had secret nuclear site

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According to DailyMail, Netanyahu revealed the existence of the site, which he said is located at Abadeh in central Iran, during a dramatic press conference on Monday.

The MKs who opposed the "cameras bill" want the election to be "fraudulent and stolen", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, shortly after the proposal was stopped from going to a vote in the Knesset on Monday.

Netanyahu's claims of secret Iranian nuclear activity are somewhat ironic, given that Israel itself is widely believed to have its own clandestine nuclear weapons program, which Tel Aviv has neither confirmed nor denied.

His accusation came as the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reportedly found traces of uranium at a site that Iran had yet to explain.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, has said for years that Iran halted organized efforts at exploring possible nuclear weapons in 2003.

"I call on the global community to join President Trump's sanctions to exert more pressure on Iran", Netanyahu said in a statement following the disclosure.

The only way to stop the Islamic Republic's drive toward nuclear weapons, warned Netanyahu, is to exert "more pressure on Iran".

"When Iran realized that we uncovered this site, here's what they did", the Israeli PM said, pointing a laser at the screen and adding, "they destroyed the site".

Adam Kredo is senior writer reporting on national security and foreign policy matters for the Washington Free Beacon. Netanyahu was speaking at a news conference in Jerusalem on Monday.

Israel appears concerned that the worldwide community may reduce pressure on Iran after US President Donald Trump suggested possible talks with the country. The deal has steadily unraveled since then, and caused tensions to heighten across the Persian Gulf and broader Middle East.

Iran has installed more advanced centrifuges and moved towards enriching uranium with them, which the deal bans.

Netanyahu's announcement also provided a distraction from Israel's heated election campaign.

Tehran had been developing atomic arms at a facility in Abadeh, south of Iranian city of Isfahan, said Netanyahu.

"Netanyahu is all over again employing intelligence information and facts for his election propaganda", Yair Lapid of the centrist Blue and White alliance claimed on Twitter. At one point, officials suggested it could become an air defense base.

Global Positioning System coordinates offered by Netanyahu did correspond to a set of buildings located in the hills north of Abadeh, according to commercially available satellite images.

Satellite images of the site obtained by The Associated Press from Maxar Technologies showed a compound with a series of buildings surrounding a courtyard, with other smaller structures away from it.