Israel’s foreign minister says the revelation of another nuclear site in Iran proves that the country wants to make atomic bombs. Avigdor Lieberman called on the international powers to give what he called an “unequival response” to the news.
A top Iranian official has said the uranium enrichment plant near the holy city of Qom would soon be operational. It has been added to the list of places where the West and Israel fear Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the site was legal and open for inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. He was speaking at the UN General Assembly just days after Tehran acknowledged the facility’s existence in a letter to the IAEA. Iran maintains its nuclear programme is intended for civil energy purposes only. US President Barack Obama said discovery showed a “disturbing pattern” of evasion by Tehran. His country and five other world powers are due to discuss the nuclear issue with Iran in Geneva next week and further UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic have not been ruled out.