White House voices support for Israeli intel discovery: “Iran must never have nuclear weapons”

US President Donald Trump and the White House praised the Israeli intelligence achievement that led to the unveiling of Iran’s top-secret nuclear weapons archive. According to the White House, Israel has presented “new and compelling details about Iran’s efforts to develop missile-deliverable nuclear weapons.”
Netanyahu, yesterday Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash 90

The White House released an official statement of support following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Monday evening announcement about Iran’s nuclear weapons program. According to the statement, Washington is carefully examining the documents that Israel obtained.

“This information provides new and compelling details about Iran’s efforts to develop missile-deliverable nuclear weapons,” the statement read. “These facts are consistent with what the United States has long known: Iran had a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people.”

“The Iranian regime has shown it will use destructive weapons against its neighbors and others. Iran must never have nuclear weapons,” the White House added.

Watch: Netanyahu reveals Iran's top-secret nuclear files

Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a quick stop in Israel for a meeting with Netanyahu. During the closed-door meeting, the former CIA director was briefed on the documents, which were released as he was flying back to Washington from his first overseas trip as secretary of state. “I know that there are people talking about these documents not being authentic,” Pompeo told reporters following Netanyahu’s announcement. “I can confirm with you, for you, that these documents are real, they are authentic.”

Moments after the material was made public, Trump said that his decision about the nuclear deal will be made “on or before” May 12. “In seven years, that deal will have expired and Iran is free to go ahead and create nuclear weapons. That is not acceptable,” he stated. “Seven years is tomorrow, that’s not acceptable. If anything, what Israel has done today in the news conference was right.”

Meanwhile, the European Union’s foreign policy chief slammed Netanyahu’s announcement and stressed that the inter-state body has yet to review the documents. “What I have seen from the first reports is that Prime Minister Netanyahu has not put into question Iran's compliance with the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] commitments,” she said, using the acronym for the Iran deal.



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