Friday, September 25, 2009

Obama charges Iran with hiding nuclear plant

By Richard Wolf, USA TODAY

PITTSBURGH — President Obama and the leaders of Britain and France revealed this morning that Iran has been building an underground nuclear fuel enrichment facility for years without informing international inspectors.

The revelation, coming as world leaders began meetings here on the global economic crisis, was sure to put new pressure on Iran to come clean about its nuclear ambitions at a meeting next week or risk tough sanctions.

"The size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program," Obama said. "Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow."

Two senior administration officials confirmed the existence of the secret facility to USA TODAY early this morning. It was first reported by The New York Times. Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy then accused Iran of repeated efforts to hide its nuclear sites, including this one south of Tehran.

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PHOTO: Obama with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, right, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy leave the stage after making a joint statement on Iran's nuclear facility. Photo by Charles Dharapak, AP

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