US Will Give Iran 3 Months to Spill Nuke Secrets

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2009 3:31 PM CDT
Mel Shichtman holds a sign during a protest against the perceived threat of an Iran with nuclear weapons Thursday in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – The US will tell Iran next week that it must open all its nuclear sites for inspection within 3 months, turn over any related documents, and make scientists available for questions. Tehran also may be ordered to allow inspectors into its newly revealed uranium-enrichment plant within days. The revelation of that site is giving US officials an aggressive new stance ahead of Thursday's big meeting between Tehran and Western powers, notes the New York Times.

Because the plant is hidden in a heavily fortified army base, Iran's claims that it's for peaceful purposes only are falling on skeptical ears. “My personal opinion is that the Iranians have the intention of having nuclear weapons," defense chief Robert Gates tells ABC in an interview to air tomorrow. He adds that it's still unclear “whether they have made a formal decision” to manufacture such weapons.