President Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown appeared this morning for an extraordinarily harsh condemnation of Iran’s most recent efforts to defy the world:
PITTSBURGH – President Barack Obama demanded Friday that Iran open up a previously covert nuclear fuel facility to international inspectors, saying “Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow.”
Obama, flanked by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, said the site “deepens a growing concern” that Iran has failed to live up to its international obligations.
Obama said the “size and configuration” of the site was inconsistent with a peaceful facility, which is a direct challenge to Tehran’s claim that its nuclear plants are designed for peaceful purposes.
The three leaders made the announcement before the opening of the Group of 20 economic summit in Pittsburgh.
Speaking after Obama, Sarkozy said Iran must comply with international demands by December or face a new round of sanctions. “Everything must be put on the table now,” the French leader said.
Brown bluntly accused Iran of engaging in “serial deception” that would “shock and anger” the world.
The Western powers had “no choice but to draw a line in the sand” on Iran’s nuclear program, Brown said.
If they follow through on this rhetoric, it would seem we’ve entered a new phase of the West’s confrontation with Iran over it’s nuclear weapons program. Where it ends is anyone’s guess.
Here’s the video: