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*Thread* Based on a background briefing, there is much new information about Iran's nuclear weapons program in this massive set of information obtained by Israel; they were even surprised by size and scope of Iran's nuclear weapons program. 1/
They obtained tens of thousands of pages of printed documents and handwritten notes and 150 gigabytes of data. 2/
The documents were obtained several weeks ago and reflect an active Iranian archive and effort to preserve and hide these crown jewels. 3/
In 2015, Iran had an opportunity to come clean about its past nuclear weapons effort; instead, Israel found, it accelerated its effort to organize, preserve, and hide this massive archive of nuclear weaponization data and documents. 4/
The creation and hiding of this archive was ordered by highest level of Iranian regime. 5/
Israel says that its preservation is a violation of the JCPOA and Iran's past work on nuclear weapons needs to be revisited. 6/
Israel revealed a well-developed plan to keep the option of building nuclear weapons quickly in the future and an on-going effort to develop missing capabilities relevant for any future nuclear weapons project. 7/
Surprising amount of information that was not previously known by Israeli, Western intelligence, or the IAEA about Iran's nuclear weapons program. 8/
To recap: over 50,000 pages, many handwritten: 150 gigabytes of data, many CADs, videos, simulations all involved with Iran's nuclear weapons program up to at least 2003... 9/
...and instructions on preserving and documenting the effort and working on solving gaps and bottlenecks in the nuclear weapons program after 2003. 10/
No document explicitly stated that Iran will use the archives to build nuclear weapons in the future. But, question has to be asked, why preserve and extend such extensive archives if Iran never plans to build nuclear weapons? 11/
Unless Iran comes clean and destroys its nuclear weapons capabilities, the nuclear sunsets in the JCPOA look even more deadly to Iran's neighbors and the world more broadly. 12/
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