Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised former United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency official Olli Heinonen on Thursday for having the courage to point out Iranian nuclear activities.
Heinonen, a former IAEA Deputy Director General for Safeguards at the international atomic energy agency, met in Jerusalem at the prime minister’s office with Netanyahu.
PM Netanyahu met with former IAEA Deputy DG for Safeguards Olli Heinonen: "It's very clear Iran is lying. Iran is continuing to work towards an arsenal of nuclear bombs, and we're committed to stop it. Thank you for your clear-cut conclusion and pointing out what Iran is doing" pic.twitter.com/pYiUep0SQT
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) June 6, 2019
“It’s very clear Iran is lying,” the prime minister said at a joint news conference. “Iran is continuing to work towards an arsenal of nuclear bombs and we’re committed to stop it.
“Thank you for your forthright analysis and your clear-cut conclusion. I thank you for pointing out what Iran is doing.”
Heinonen thanked Netanyahu for the courageous operation by Israel’s Mossad agents who smuggled out the Iranian documents proving the truth of Tehran’s ongoing nuclear activities.
“Thank you for this brave action of taking them,” he said, “because this gives the material for the international community to think about it and it’s a good place on how to talk with the Iranians, how to stop it.”
Heinonen said in an interview during the day Wednesday with Israel’s Galei Tzahal Army Radio that Israel and the Gulf States “have good reason to worry” because the Islamic Republic is “actually weaponizing uranium enrichment without making a weapon.”
According to his calculations, he said, Iran could acquire the amount of enriched uranium needed to produce a nuclear weapon within six to eight months “if they put in their maximum effort.”