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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Beyond the Headlines podcast: Israel puts Iran's nuclear ambitions into question ahead of Trump's decision

Robert Kelley, a veteran of over 35 years in the US Department of Energy nuclear weapons complex, helps analyse the Israel-Iran nuclear claims.

US president Donald Trump will be making a decision on whether to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal  Carlos Barria / Reuters
US president Donald Trump will be making a decision on whether to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal  Carlos Barria / Reuters

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday claimed Iran was developing a "secret" nuclear weapons programme in breach of the 2015 deal agreed with world powers. Iran responded by saying an alleged archive of tens of thousands of records was merely part of a "ridiculous propaganda" machine.

We analyse the situation between Israel and Iran and how it pertains to the Iranian nuclear deal in this week's Beyond the Headlines podcast.

Listen below, and subscribe to the show for free on Apple Podcasts.

We spoke to Robert Kelley, who was director of the International Atomic Energy Agency programme in Iraq in 1992 and again in 2001.

Mr Kelly has experience in over 20 countries working on disarmament and more than 35 years working in the US of Energy nuclear weapons complex. He gave us his thoughts on what impact this will have on President Donald Trump’s impending decision on the United States's involvement in the deal, and how old intelligence documents can be used to push a political agenda.

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