In a story first broken by Reuters, Diplomats following IAEA inspections said samples were taken by the agency from a site in Tehran, described by the Israeli prime minister as a “secret nuclear store”, showed traces of uranium. The diplomats said the IAEA was investigating the source of the uranium particles and asked Iran to provide an explanation, but Tehran had not done so, fueling tensions between Washington and Tehran.
US sanctions on Iran have reduced its oil sales, and Iran has responded by violating a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. In September 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of hiding nuclear material in a Tehran warehouse, noting that it proves that it has not abandoned its nuclear weapons program. Netanyahu said: “Today I disclose for the first time that Iran has another secret warehouse in Tehran, a warehouse to store huge amounts of equipment and materials from Iran’s secret nuclear program.” “Since we raided the atomic archive, they have been busy clearing the atomic depot. Just last month, they transported 15 kilograms of radioactive material. Do you know what they did with it?