WH officials are convinced that intelligence proving that Iran has concealed a second nuclear enrichment site will galvanize the international sanctions effort. As first reported by the indefatigable David Sanger, the President will call out Iran and demand an immediate inspection of the site this morning at a press conference with Gordon Brown and Nikolas Sarkozy. The Administration presented its evidence to the IAEA in Vienna yesterday, after President Obama briefed Chinese President Hu and Russian President Medvedev at the UN. Administration officials believe Russia was surprised by the intelligence and were pleased by Medvedev’s public reaction: his acknowledgement that sanctions against Iran may now be “inevitable.” Following on Anne Kornblut and Dafna Linzer’s excellent reporting in the Washington Post, a White House official tells me that “not every” detainee will be out of Guantanamo by the President’s January 22nd deadline for closing the prison. Obama is still committed to closing the facility and hopes the population will “dwindle substantially” by the January, but the official said “the President’s not going to sacrifice national security for the sake of the deadline.” WH officials add that Counsel Greg Craig has not been asked by Obama to resign, but it’s likely that he would take an attractive diplomatic post if one were to come open.
- George Stephanopoulos