Global: Trump Hints at U.S. Ending Iran Deal After Netanyahu Speech

  • President Donald Trump hinted he plans to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord, but that he may be willing to negotiate a new agreement with the Islamic Republic.
  • “I’m not telling you what I’m doing but a lot of people think they know,” Trump said of a 12 May 18 deadline to continue waiving U.S. sanctions under the deal. “We’ll make a decision. That doesn’t mean we won’t negotiate a real agreement.”
  • Shortly before Trump spoke, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country has proof Iran had a secret program to build nuclear weapons, citing what he described as Iranian documents.
  • Iran “didn’t come clean” to the International Atomic Energy Agency, as required by the 2015 deal limiting its nuclear program, he said.
  • “That is just not an acceptable situation,” Trump said on 30 Apr 18 at a joint press conference at the White House with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
  • He added that Netanyahu’s announcement vindicated his past skepticism of the deal.
  • “I think if anything what’s happening today and what’s happened over the last little while and what we’ve learned has really shown that I’ve been 100% right,” Trump said.

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