It's amassing low-enriched uranium at the rate of 2.75 kilograms per day – enough to give Iran nuclear program enough feedstock for two bombs by February, by one estimate.
A secret nuclear site. ‘Project 110.’ Offers to ship fuel abroad. Part of Iran’s quest to be regional power?
Israel does have the capability to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, but such an operation would be very complex and costly, politically.
Iran appeared to understand there was new urgency on the nuclear issue, agreeing at the Geneva talks to open its second enrichment facility to inspectors.
A nuclear reactor was sold to Iran as part of President Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" program. But even then the US had concerns about what might happen if the Shah fell to 'domestic dissidents.'
If Iran plans to make nuclear weapons away from the prying eyes of the international community, it would need a secret facility like the one Obama revealed Friday.
Revelations about the Qom facility could give the US and its partners a stronger hand in dealing with Ahmadinejad. But experts say it's no alternative for sanctions.
President Obama will demand at the G-20 summit today that Iran open the nuclear fuel plant to inspectors immediately. If Tehran refuses, it could bolster the case for sanctions.
Ahead of G-20 meetings on Friday, Obama said the nuclear facility underscores Iran's 'continued unwillingness to meet its obligations' under international agreements.