4 June 2023

Prime Minister Netanyahu contended that “Iran is continuing to lie to the IAEA. The agency’s capitulation to Iranian pressure is a black stain on its record”. Describing Iran’s explanations regarding IAEA safeguards concerns as “technically impossible”, Netanyahu contended: “The IAEA’s ineffectual conduct in the face of these weak excuses conveys a message to Iran's rulers that they need not pay any price whatsoever for their violations, and that they can continue deceiving the international community with their efforts to obtain nuclear weapons. If the IAEA becomes a political organisation, then its oversight activity in Iran is without significance, as will be its reports on Iran’s nuclear activity”. He further warned that “Israel under our leadership, will not stand by. We will strongly uphold our position, both publicly and behind closed doors”. The same day, Netanyahu chaired a security cabinet meeting and asserted “we are committed to acting against the Iranian nuclear program, against missile attacks on the State of Israel and against the possibility of the fronts becoming linked, what we call a multi-front campaign”.

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