By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is saying today that he is willing to open the doors to the second nuclear plant that was revealed yesterday by President Obama, French President Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Brown.
Ahmdinejad previously told CNN's Larry King that he had reported the existence of the facility to the International Atomic Energy Agency and that its development was not, as Obama indicated, covert.
Iran is scheduled to meet October 1 with the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany to discuss the United Nations demand that it comply with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Better Late Than Never
While Ahmadinejad's claim that he had properly reported the second facility lacks veracity, his pledge to open the facility to IAEA inspection now is welcome news. Perhaps its indicative of Iran's willingness to finally comply with UN resolutions. But one thing President Obama said when he addressed reporters at the G20 Summit about the second nuclear enrichment complex remains troubling. The president indicated that the facility is too large for its purpose to be the creation of energy.
It's imperative that the IAEA get free and unfettered access, and quickly, to determine whether Iran is attempting to build nuclear weapons as feared or if the facility is designed to create energy for the Iranian people. The former, is of course, prohibited, the latter is allowed.
President Obama is expected to give Iran three months to comply. But the more prudent course of action would be to demand that the IAEA get immediate access. If there's nothing there to hide, then Iran should have no objection to letting them in now.