G-20 Obama, Sarkozy and Gordon Brown spoke hard on Iran Nuke
After a Iranian disclosure about a 2nd illegal nuclear enrichment facility in Iran, this morning, the leaders of United States, United Kingdom and France made a severe statement on Iran's nuclear secret program and have settled December as a deadline for clarifications, after that, Iran should suffer sanctions. The leaders were not clear in what kind of sanctions would be applied. Iran has cheated and lied all these years.
U.S. President Barack Obama accused Iran on Friday of building a secret nuclear fuel plant for several years and demanded that Tehran comply with international rules on nuclear nonproliferation.
Obama went public with the charge in a joint appearance with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at aGroup of 20 summit in Pittsburgh, sharpening a standoff with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
Obama called Iran's activities "a direct challenge" to the nuclear nonproliferation regime and said it was time for Tehran to act immediately to restore the confidence of the international community.
The United States, France and Britain have presented "detailed evidence" to the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog that "Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility," President Obama said Friday before the start of the G-20 economic summit.
Iran nuclear moves:
Iran has acknowledged the existence of a second uranium enrichment plant in a letter sent to the International Atomic Energy Agency, a spokesman for the nuclear watchdog agency said Friday.
"I can confirm that on 21 September, Iran informed the IAEA in a letter that a new pilot fuel enrichment plant is under construction in the country," agency spokesman Marc Vidricaire said.
The letter said Iran's enrichment level would be up to 5 percent, he said. The agency has requested that Iran provide specific information and access to the nuclear facility as soon as possible.
Iran's newly unveiled uranium enrichment facility "is inconsistent with a peaceful (nuclear) program," Obama said.
"Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow," he said.
He called on Iran to "take concrete steps" to demonstrate it will comply with its international obligations to ensure its nuclear program is for civilian use and not a covert weapons program.
Mr Obama and Mr Brown:
Speaking before the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh, President Obama said the plant is a "direct challenge" to global nonproliferation. He added, "Iran must comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions and make clear it is prepared to meet its responsibilities as a member of the community of nations."
With British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at his side, Obama warned of new sanctions if Tehran does not open the underground uranium enrichment facility to international inspectors by December.
Added Brown: "The level of deception by the Iranian government, and the scale of what we believe is the breach of international commitments, will shock and anger the entire international community. The international community has no choice today but to draw a line in the sand."