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US should come clean, end attempts to ‘camouflage’ Israel nukes

The Negev nuclear research center near Dimona in Israel (file photo)

The United States should admit that the Israeli regime possess nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons rather than sticking to a “phony camouflage” over the regime’s nukes, says a professor emeritus of the University of Minnesota.

James Henry Fetzer’s comments in a Wednesday phone interview with Press TV came in reaction to remarks by General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, who reiterated the US military support for the regime in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

Dempsey’s visit was part of efforts by the Obama administration to provide “reassurances” to Tel Aviv amid an emerging nuclear deal between Iran and the six global powers.

“This phony camouflage and subterfuge… is predicated upon false premises that Israel does not have nuclear weapons and Iran is pursuing them,” Fetzer said.

He further voiced surprise at why Washington should be providing “additional military support” to the already heavily-militarized regime.

Fetzer said the US stance, voiced by Dempsey at a meeting with Israel’s Lieutenant general Gadi Eisenkot, is “hypocritical and dishonest”.

US military chief Martin Dempsey (L) and Israel’s Lieutenant general Gadi Eisenkot are seen talking behind a door during an official ceremony at the Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv on June 9, 2015.

At a ceremony in the Israeli military headquarters, the US military chief said the US sought “to make sure that we provide the kind of reassurances that Israel has always counted on us to provide”.

“The United States is less and less known for honesty and integrity.”


Iran’s purpose known to all

“Let the facts speak,” said Fetzer, citing CIA and Mossad reports that verified Iran has not been seeking nuclear weapons as well as Tehran’s openness for IAEA inspections of nuclear sites, and its membership at the NPT (the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons).

Centrifuges are seen at Natanz uranium enrichment site in central Iran.

According to a secret cable, released in February by Al Jazeera television network, the Israeli spy agency sent a top-secret cable to South Africa's State Security Agency (SSA) in October 2012 which presented a "bottom line" assessment of Iran's nuclear work.

In the report, Mossad concluded that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons.”

A similar CIA report, leaked earlier, disclosed that Washington tried to mislead the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about Iran’s nuclear program through the provision of doctored evidence.

The Mossad and CIA's leaked information appears to attest Iran’s argument that it is pursuing non-military goals in its nuclear program.

In addition, the IAEA has also conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on May 30, 2015 in Geneva. (AFP)

Iran and the West have been engaged in negotiations in an effort to ink a high-profile deal over Tehran’s nuclear program by the end of June as Tel Aviv continues attempts to block any agreement.


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