UN Secretary General: Withdrawal from nuclear deal will likely mean war

Fmr. Energy Secretary: 'Of course we knew' Iran had a weapons program, 'we said so publicly, the IAEA said so publicly'

The smug dismissal of Prime Minister Netanyahu's revelations about Iran's long-standing nuclear program by leftist icons like the New York Times and Haaretz notwithstanding, the evidence Netanyahu presented was right on point - and timely - especially since President Trump is nearing a decision on continued USA participation in the Iran nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

One of the main sticking points has to do with the "sunsets", where the United States in effect wishes to find a way to extend some of the limits on Iran's nuclear program beyond their expiration dates under the agreement.

His statement comes as the May 12 deadline approaches for the U.S.to decide whether to leave or to stay in the deal.

He said thousands of pages of material, have been obtained by Israel which showed Iran had deceived the world by denying it had ever sought nuclear weapons.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

If the U.S. walks away from the nuclear deal with Iran, there is a real risk of war, UN Secretary General António Guterres said in an exclusive interview with the BBC on Thursday morning. If true, it would be in breach of the 2015 deal agreed with world powers. "In contrast, the USA has consistently violated the agreement, especially by bullying others from doing business with Iran".

And we trust President Trump will take it into account in deciding whether to pull us out of JCPOA.

"We have never been naive about Iran and its nuclear intentions", a British government spokesman said, according to the BBC.

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"I understand the concerns of some countries in relation to the Iranian influence in other countries of the region, so I think we should separate things, " Mr Guterres stressed.

Velayati warned against any attempts to renegotiate in exchange for sanctions relief, saying, "Iran accepts the nuclear agreement as it has been prepared and will not accept adding or removing anything".

Technically, Trump must decide by May 12 whether to renew "waivers" suspending some of the USA sanctions on Iran. One of the White House officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said it was possible Trump will end up with a decision that "is not a full pullout" but was unable to describe what that might look like.

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had new "proof" of an Iranian nuclear weapons plan that could be activated at any time.

The three European countries that signed the deal have repeatedly tried to persuade Trump not to abandon it.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement saying that he had personally reviewed numerous files, which Israel shared with the U.S. But he has previously opted to continue to follow the terms of the agreement, which means lifting some sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran allowing worldwide inspectors to access its nuclear facilities.

Velayati warned against any move to try to renegotiate the 2015 deal.

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