Iranian President Ahmadinejad, in response to this morning's shocking news of a new secret Iranian nuclear facility.
The controversial Iranian leader denied that the facility was secret or in violation of IAEA rules. He claimed that the IAEA allows 6 months before the use of a facility to register its existence with the IAEA, and that the mountain site revealed last night is 18 months from coming online.
Ahmadinejad also responded to US President Barack Obama's statement that that the "size and configuration" of the facility does not match a peaceful nuclear programme. "I don't think Mr. Obama is a nuclear expert," said Ahmadinejad.
Regarding Hugo Chavez's comments yesterday that the General Assembly podium smells of "hope" and not "sulfur" since Obama has become President, Ahmadinejad said, "The sweetest smell is that of justice." He also dismissed British and French leaders Gordon Brown and Nicholas Sarkozy as "not important" and suggested that the US government had misinformed Obama. "They should take care not to mar Obama's image," said the Iranian leader.
Somehow, I don't think this is the tone the West is hoping Iran will strike when negotiations commence Oct. 1.