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Tags: Iran | Middle East | Trump Administration | white house | sarah sanders | nuclear agreement | nuclear weapons

WH: Iran Statement Typo 'Immediately Corrected,' Deal Remains 'Mistake'

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By    |   Tuesday, 01 May 2018 05:01 PM

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday a typographical error in a statement on Iran's nuclear program was "noticed and immediately corrected" — and she slammed the nuclear deal because Tehran "lied on the front end."

"The typo was noticed and immediately corrected," she said at the daily briefing. "We think the biggest mistake was the Obama administration ever entering the deal that you referenced in the first place.

"The deal was made on a completely false pretense," Sanders continued. "Iran lied on the front end.

"They were dishonest actors.

"The deal that was made was made on things that weren't accurate — and we have a big problem with that," she said.

The White House released a statement Monday about 7:30 p.m. ET saying intelligence from Israel proved "Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program," CNN reports.

However, a statement posted online by 9:30 p.m. ET said: "Iran had a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program," which reflect the longstanding U.S position.

A National Security Council spokesman also told CNN Tuesday: "The original White House statement included a clerical error, which we quickly detected and fixed.

"To be clear, the United States has long known that Iran had a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday disclosed intelligence he said proved Tehran had not disclosed the full extent of its nuclear arsenal before signing the deal in 2015.

"Iran lied — big time," Netanyahu declared in a television presentation in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu has long attacked the nuclear deal, arguing it did not provide sufficient safeguards to prevent Iran from reaching nuclear capacity.

President Donald Trump has called the agreement "the worst deal ever" and has signaled he will pull out by May 12 unless it is revised — though he does face strong pressure from European allies not to do so.

Sanders noted Tuesday that before the deal was signed, Iran did not disclose its "nuclear capability was far more advanced and far further along than they ever indicated.

"If this nuclear deal is maintained as it is right now, when the sunset provision hits in seven years, they will be much further along in the process and able to make a nuclear weapon much quicker than they've ever indicated before.

"That's a big problem."

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A typographical error in a statement on Iran's nuclear program was "noticed and immediately corrected," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, adding a slam of the nuclear deal because Tehran "lied on the front end."
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