Iran Hiding a Nuclear Facility?
Perhaps Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s new, harsher rhetoric on Iran has a specific catalyst. The New York Times reports that President Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicholas Sarkozy will disclose that Iran has for years constructed an undisclosed — and as-yet-unoperational — nuclear facility. The announcement is set for 8:30 this morning at the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh.
American officials said that they had been tracking the covert project for years, but that Mr. Obama decided to make public the American findings after Iran discovered, in recent weeks, that Western intelligence agencies had breached the secrecy surrounding the project. On Monday, Iran wrote a brief, cryptic letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency, saying that it now had a “pilot plant” under construction, whose existence it had never before revealed.
In a statement from its headquarters in Vienna on Friday, the atomic agency confirmed that it had been told Monday by Iran that “a new pilot fuel enrichment plant is under construction in the country.”