Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed President Donald Trump about evidence of a past secret Iranian nuclear weapons program at a meeting in Washington on March 5, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday.
Trump agreed that Israel would publish the information before May 12, the date by which he is due to decide whether to pull the United States out of a 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran, the Israeli official said.
The Israelis say their evidence shows Iran lied going into the deal, a landmark 2015 agreement seen by Trump as flawed but by European powers as vital to allaying concerns that Iran could one day develop nuclear bombs.
Tzachi Hanegbi, Israeli minister for regional development and a confidant of Netanyahu’s, said the presentation was meant to provide Trump with the grounds to bolt the deal.
“In 12 days a huge drama will unfold. The American president will likely pull out of the deal,” Hanegbi said in an interview to Israeli Army Radio.
“What the prime minister did last night, was to give Trump ammunition against the European naivety and unwillingness regarding Iran.”
by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff