"The original White House statement included a clerical error, which we quickly detected and fixed," a national security council spokesman told CNN. "To be clear, the United States has long known that Iran had a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program."
The White House issued a statement on Monday saying that "Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program."
Quite a correction from the White House in this statement on Iran. "Has" is changed to "had." (The first is the statement that was emailed out, the second is what's on https://t.co/oXJn11JL9C.) pic.twitter.com/QMRnTmWqcp— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 1, 2018
Hours later, the White House put a corrected statement online that said, "Iran had a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program."
The initial White House statement contradicted the assessment of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which has concluded that Iran had abandoned clandestine efforts to develop a nuclear explosive device by 2009.