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Israeli PM Netanyahu Says Iran Has Lied About Pursuing Nuclear Weapons In Presentation Involving Half A Ton Of Secret Iranian Documents

President Donald Trump has praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's presentation of documents that Netanyahu says show Iran lied about pursuing nuclear weapons.

Trump said Monday the presentation and other recent events show that Trump has been "100 percent right" about Iran.

He says he watched part of Netanyahu's presentation and that it was "good." Trump says Iran's behavior is "just not an acceptable situation." He pointed to missile tests, saying Iran is "not sitting back idly."

Trump has declined to say whether he will withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal. But he says if the U.S. does pull out, he still may negotiate a "real agreement."

Trump says the U.S. "got nothing" for the sanctions relief granted Iran under the accord.

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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.