E-3 Experts Eager to See Iranian Secrets for Themselves

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaking about the Iran nuclear documents, in Tel Aviv on Monday night. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Despite a publicly cool reaction from European diplomats, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that the European co-signatories on the Iran nuclear deal are eager to learn more about the secret archives revealed in his presentation on Monday night.

“The leaders of the E3 — Britain, France and Germany — said they want to see the material. They’re very interested in seeing what we discovered,” Netanyahu told journalists in his Yerushalayim office.

Intelligence experts are slated to arrive in Yerushalayim later this week from London, Paris and Berlin to see for themselves the documentation, he said.

In addition to E-3 leaders, the prime minister contacted Moscow: “I told Putin that he’s welcome, too, to see the material. I also invited the leader of China and [Yukiya] Amano,” the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Netanyahu said.

“What happened last week is that we turned question marks into exclamation marks,” Netanyahu told the reporters. “We uncovered things we believed were true but couldn’t prove, and also discovered new things regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program.”

A senior intelligence official, meanwhile, said that the E-3 delegations will be shown a massive trove far beyond anything they have seen before in monitoring the Iranian program.

Mossad agents smuggled out a half ton of material, but had to leave a lot behind because it was “very heavy.”

“It’s a vast amount of information,” said an intelligence officer who was involved in planning the operation. “It’s a challenge for us to go through the material — it is very technical and very complicated.”