The White House, blaming a "clerical error," revised a statement that had claimed Iran has a nuclear weapons program, Newsweek is reporting.
Hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu detailed why he believed the U.S. should pull out of its nuclear deal with Iran, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders had released 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 Monday statement from Sanders read.
If so, it would have constituted a violation of the Iran nuclear agreement. It would have also contradicted the U.S. intelligence community, which maintains Iran has suspended its nuclear program, the magazine said.
But the White House quickly revised its initial statement and changed the word "has" to "had" about Iran's nuclear weapons program.
"Iran had a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people," read the revised statement.
NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander said the White House blamed a "clerical error" for the misstatement.
The Hill noted Netanyahu had argued on Monday that documents obtained by Israel intelligence proved Iran had sought in the past to obtain nuclear weapons. He did not say Iran now has a nuclear weapons program.
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