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Second Iranian Nuclear Facility Discovered; Obama, Brown, Sarkozy Pledge Sanctions Unless IAEA is Allowed to Investigate

Stern rhetoric at the joint Pittsburgh announcement from Obama, Brown and Sarkozy on Iran’s undisclosed nuclear facility. Obama said the "size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent" with peaceful nuclear energy. The three leaders demand full disclosure next week at the P5+1 meeting with Iran on the nuclear portfolio in Geneva. Obama said the U.S. "remains committed" to the prospect of a productive dialogue with the Iranians — pending disclosure. "Iran must comply with U.N. security council resolutions… We have offered Iran a clear path to greater international [cooperation]… or be held accountable to international standards and international law."

The three leaders are talking about sanctions, to be clear, not war. Sarkozy said there must be full Iranian nuclear disclosure to the IAEA "by December" or "sanctions will have to be taken." He said he expected an "exhaustive, strict and rigorous investigation" by the IAEA to confront what Brown called Iran’s "serial deception."

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