White House: Iran must never have nuclear weapons

White House responds to Netanyahu's presentation on Iran, says it is examining the information he presented carefully.

Elad Benari ,

White House
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The White House responded on Monday night to the presentation by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Iran’s nuclear activities.

“The United States is aware of the information just 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,” it said in a statement.

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

Netanyahu on Monday revealed intelligence information obtained by Israel from Iran's secret nuclear files.

The information, said the Prime Minister, proves that "Iran lied big time" when its leaders denied that the Islamic Republic had a program to develop nuclear weapons.

He also noted that after Iran signed the nuclear deal in 2015, it intensified its efforts to hide its secret nuclear files and in 2017 moved its nuclear weapons files to a highly secret location in Tehran.

Following his address, Netanyahu spoke by telephone with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He agreed with the leaders that he would in the coming days send professional teams to share with Germany and France the detailed material that has reached Israel regarding Iran's efforts to achieve nuclear weapons.

His presentation came ahead of a May 12 deadline set by U.S. President Donald Trump for Europe to fix the flaws of the Iranian nuclear deal.

The president praised Netanyahu’s speech earlier on Monday, saying it "sends the right message" on Iran's nuclear program, but refused to say whether he would withdraw from the nuclear deal.