Sep 26, 2009 10:15 AM by Associated Press

Obama issues ultimatum to Iran on nukes

President Barack Obama says Iran must take action to demonstrate its peaceful intentions following the discovery of a covert nuclear facility. He says if the Islamic republic doesn't fulfill its responsibilities, it will be held accountable by the world's nations.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says "On this, the international community is more united than ever before." Obama says evidence showing Iran building an underground plant to enrich uranium that could be used for an atomic bomb "continues a disturbing pattern of Iranian evasion" that jeopardizes global nonproliferation.

He's urging Tehran to open the site to international inspectors, or face consequences. The chief option is tougher economic sanctions, but yesterday Obama did not rule out military action. Evidence of the facility was unveiled yesterday by Obama and the leaders of Britain and France at the G-20 economic summit.




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