- The Washington Times - Monday, April 30, 2018

President Trump said Monday that fresh disclosures by Israel about Iran’s nuclear-weapons ambitions prove that he’s “100 percent right” in seeking a tougher agreement with Tehran.

“What’s happening today, and what we’ve learned has really shown that I’m 100 percent right,” Mr. Trump said at a White House news conference.

Mr. Trump refused to say whether he intends to de-certify the Iranian nuclear agreement by a May 12 congressional deadline.

“I’m not telling you what I’m doing,” the president said. “That doesn’t mean we won’t negotiate a real agreement.”

He said the current agreement would allow Tehran to work on nuclear weapons within seven years, adding that “seven years is tomorrow.”

“That’s just not an acceptable situation,” he said.

The White House later said that the U.S. was aware of the information released by Israel and continues to examine it carefully.

“This information provides new and compelling details about Iran’s efforts to develop missile-deliverable nuclear weapons. These facts are consistent with what the United States has long known: Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “The Iranian regime has shown it will use destructive weapons against its neighbors and others. Iran must never have nuclear weapons.”

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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