Washington, DC -- House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) released the following statement concerning revelations that Iran has built a covert nuclear facility for uranium enrichment:


            “I remain deeply concerned about Iran’s nuclear intentions.  The disclosure that the Iranians have built a covert nuclear facility confirms our suspicions that Iran could be concealing nuclear weapons-related uranium enrichment activities. 


            “The fact that Iran concealed this site is not consistent with its claims that the facility will be used only for peaceful purposes.  Iran has a responsibility to fulfill its commitments to the international community by giving the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) full access to inspect this newly disclosed facility.  I commend President Obama, U.K. Prime Minister Brown, and President Sarkozy of France for making a joint statement today to insist that Iran cooperate fully with the IAEA .”