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Israel says Iran sought nuclear arms

In this Sunday, April 29, 2018 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. left. is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of a press conference at the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv. Israel's prime minister has scheduled a special prime-time statement to reveal what his office said would be a "meaningful development" in the Iranian nuclear program. The surprise announcement came as Netanyahu canceled a scheduled speech at the parliament and instead called an emergency meeting of his Security Cabinet at Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv.(Thomas Coex, AFP via AP, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) —Israel's prime minister says his government has obtained "half a ton" of secret Iranian documents proving the Tehran government once had a nuclear weapons program.

Calling it a "great intelligence achievement," Netanyahu said Monday that the documents show that Iran lied about its nuclear ambitions before signing a 2015 deal with world powers.

Iran has denied ever seeking nuclear weapons.

In a nationally televised address, Netanyahu said Israel recently uncovered 55,000 documents and 183 CDs of information from Iran's "nuclear archives."

Speaking in English, perhaps with an international audience in mind, he says the material is filled with incriminating evidence showing the Iranian program, called "Project Amad," was to develop a weapon.

President Donald Trump is to decide by May 12 whether to pull out of the international deal with Iran. Netanyahu has led calls for Trump to withdraw.

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