Iran forced to admit to secret second nuclear plant

September 25, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Iran has confessed the existence of what they thought was a secret uranium-enrichment plant, a development that could escalate its diplomatic confrontation with the West. The NY Times reports the U.S. has been tracking the covert project for years, but Obama decided to make findings public after Iran recently discovered Western intelligence agencies had breached the secrecy surrounding the project. On Monday, Iran tried to head off the embarrasement writing 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.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of course admitted nothing about the plant during his visit this week to the United Nations, where he repeated his weary protests that Iran had cooperated fully with inspectors, and that allegations of a nuclear weapons program are lies.  U.S. officials said that while the plant is not up and running it could be in operation next year. “They have cheated three times,” one administration official told The Times. “And they have now been caught three times.” President Obama and allies from Britain and France plan to broach the subject before the opening of the Group of 20 economic summit, and demand that the International Atomic Energy Agency be allowed to conduct an immediate inspection of the facility where they say production is taking place.


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