Iran Reveals Existence of Hidden Nuclear Facility Ahead of Revelation by US Intelligence
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday his country's newly disclosed nuclear fuel facility was legal and open for inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The Iranian president said the plant, which sharpened international concern over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, was 18 months from starting operations and that Western powers would regret accusing Iran of hiding it.
U.S. President Barack Obama scored twin diplomatic coups on Friday, seizing the world stage to forge a new allied call for action against Iran and a framework for global economic growth.
The moves ended a week of intense focus on foreign policy for Obama and could help shore up his standing among Americans after recent weeks during which his popularity fell to about 51 percent from highs around 70 percent after he took office in January.
It is still far from certain whether Russia will support tough new UN sanctions against Iran.
In his talks with President Barack Obama in New York Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev's language was equivocal.
He said sanctions "may be inevitable". He certainly did not promise Russia would support them.