Trump ‘100% right’ on nukes claim
DONALD Trump has claimed he was "100 per cent right" to be wary of a deal with Iran after the country was accused of "brazen lies" over secret nuclear weapons.
Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had misled the world on its nuclear program after signing a multination agreement to scale back the work in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.
The US President has been suspicious of the deal for some time, calling it an "embarrassment" and "the worst deal ever made."
With much fanfare, Mr Netanyahu said in a speech broadcast across the world: "Iran's leaders repeatedly deny ever pursuing nuclear weapons. Tonight, I'm here to tell you one thing: Iran lied.
"First, Iran lied about never having a nuclear weapons program; 100,000 secret files prove it did. Second, even after the deal, Iran continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons knowledge for future use. Third, Iran lied again in 2015 when it didn't come clear to the IAEA as required by the nuclear deal."
Mr Trump said in a press conference on Monday that pulling out of the deal would send a positive message to North Korea, although he did not rule out renegotiating a new one.
French president Emmanuel Macron had already predicted the US President would nix the deal.
Mr Netanyahu said he had new "proof" about what Iran was doing and expected Mr Trump would do "the right thing".
The Israeli leader claimed Iran had "intensified its efforts to hide its secret files" after signing the nuclear deal in 2015, and moved its weapons to a secret location in Tehran a year later.
He said a secret Iranian nuclear project codenamed "Amad" had been shelved in 2003, but he work in the field had continued.
Mr Netanyahu discussed Iran by telephone with Mr Trump over the weekend and met with new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Tel Aviv on Sunday.
"I think the greatest threat to the world and to our two countries, and to all countries, is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons, and specifically the attempt of Iran to acquire nuclear weapons," said the Israeli PM.
Mr Pompeo said the White House was "deeply concerned about Iran's dangerous escalation of threats towards Israel and the region."
The head of Iran's Atomic Energy organisation said on Monday that Iran has the technical capability to enrich uranium to a higher level than it could before the multinational deal was reached.
"Technically, we are fully prepared to enrich uranium higher than we used to produce before the deal was reached ... I hope Trump comes to his senses and stays in the deal," Ali Akbar Salehi told Iranian state television.
Israel is widely believed to be the only nuclear-armed state in the Middle East, though it neither confirms nor denies possessing atomic weapons.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump said he thought the demilitarised zone could be a good place for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Visiting the contested area could leave him open to accusations of showing weakness towards the repressive regime.
Mr Trump today met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for the first time since his controversial comments on 's***hole' African countries.
- With wires