At Summit, Iran Overshadows Economic Plans
By Ben Pershing
Friday's storyline in Pittsburgh was supposed to be all about the economy, as leaders of the G-20 are set to announce plans to work together on the kinds of global economic reforms that had previously been driven by the G-8.
But talk of economic cooperation has been overshadowed by concerns about Iran, which has admitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency that it is building a previously secret uranium enrichment plant outside of Teheran. The admission comes after President Obama, Gordon Brown andNicolas Sarkozy were reportedly preparing to confront Iran publicly on the subject. The New York Times reports: "American officials say that they have been tracking the covert project for years, but that Mr. Obama decided to make public the American findings after Iran discovered, in recent weeks, that Western intelligence agencies had breached the secrecy surrounding the project."
The Times of London adds, "The emboldened calls to action came after Russia finally conceded that sanctions may be inevitable, after intense lobbying by the Americans." (And after Obama's controversial decision on missile defense that was aimed partly at earning Russia's cooperation against Iran.) Iran's admission occurred two days after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave a rambling speech to the UN in which he largely ignored the nuclear issue, and after he told the Washington Post he wanted to build trust and "engage in cooperation" with the U.S. on the subject.
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September 25, 2009; 8:18 AM ET
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