Iran accused of building secret nuclear facility

President Barack Obama and the leaders of France and Britain will accuse Iran on Friday of building a secret facility to produce nuclear fuel, The New York Times reported.

Senior administration officials told the Times that the three leaders would make the announcement in Pittsburgh before the opening of the G-20 economic summit. Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy will demand Tehran open the covert facility up to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Iran has kept the facility, 100 miles southwest of Tehran, hidden from international weapons inspectors for years, but the U.S. has long known of its existence, the Times said.

Obama decided to go public with the revelation after Iran learned that Western intelligence agencies were aware of the project.

Officials told the Times that the plant could be in operation by next year.

Meanwhile, a diplomat in Vienna and another European government official told The Associated Press on Friday that Tehran has informed the IAEA that it has a previously undeclared uranium enriching facility.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the information was confidential, said Iran revealed its existence in a letter sent Monday to Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the atomic energy agency.

Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, made no mention of the facility this week while attending the U.N. General Assembly in New York, but said that his country had fully cooperated with international nuclear inspectors.

Administration officials said the disclosure would make it easier to make the case for imposing sanctions if Iran blocks inspections or refuses to quit its nuclear program.

“They have cheated three times,” a senior White House official told the Times. “And now they have been caught three times.”


  1. Sandra Price

    If there was ever a reason for America to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan it is the threat from Iran. Although I didn’t vote for President Obama, I am pleased that his mature brain is in the White House.

    We need to focus on our immediate problems and bring our soldiers home and include them in the future of our nation. We were wrong about WMDs in Iraq and we should never act before our defense is truly in jeopardy. The nation who is threatened almost daily is Israel. It is their move to act first.


  2. tropicaltaco

    (The nation who is threatened almost daily is Israel, It is their move to act first.)

    I am so tired of this kind of talk.
    If I am not mistaken Israel has and has had illegal nuclear weapons for many years, thus their constant fear that Iran will someday find itself on a level playing field. Why is it always like this, always talking about one thing or another to keep from taking on the real issues, Israels ethnic cleansing of the regions natural inhabitants. We here in the US are accomplices in all of this craziness by supporting and financing their horrible behavior. When we finally told them to get a grip, they thumbed their nose in our face. Enough is enough…
    We all know by now that nuclear weapons are of no real use except to destroy the earth.
    The US and Israel should get off other peoples land and get out of their face and the terror threat would go away.
    The revolution continues Ron Paul ** What if

  3. almandine

    The land that Israel occupies was institutionalized as “its” about 60 years ago by the United Nations.

    So whose land is it? Why?