Sunday, July 15, 2018
New details on stolen Iranian nuclear documents obtained by Israeli spies earlier this year shed light on Tehran's nuclear ambitions and show that Iran more than two decades ago had assembled the materials it needed to produce a nuclear bomb, according to multiple media reports. The information came from a trove of documents stolen from a storage facility in Tehran by agents for the Israeli by agency Mossad. Journalists for The New York Times, the Washington Post and others were invited by the Israeli government to view key documents obtained in the raid.
Details from the stolen documents presented to reporters show that Iranian officials had discussed how to divide the nuclear program into "overt" and "covert" elements. For example, one note from an Iranian physicist recommends concealing the country's work on neutrons, which spark the chain reaction necessary to create a nuclear explosion, the Times reported.
The documents also discuss uranium deuteride, a substance used in making the devices that set off a nuclear explosion, according to the Times.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the organization charged with inspecting Iranian facilities to ensure the government is following the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, has repeatedly certified Tehran's compliance. But the details published in media reports on Sunday show that Iran was putting the pieces in place for a nuclear weapon.
After the Israeli heist, Iran was silent about the stolen documents and has since said that they were forged by Israel to undermine confidence in the nuclear deal.
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