Did Iran Shoot Down U.S. Drone?
Sen. Mark Kirk weighs in
- Duration 7:57
- Date Dec 5, 2011
Sen. Mark Kirk weighs in
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I'm US surveillance drone and all of its advanced technology is it in the wrong hands.
Iran claims it -- of its military shot down that US drone.
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Okay -- surging right now between the United States and Iran over a lost aircraft.
-- -- and state television reporting that Iran's military shot down an unmanned American spy plane.
Along its border with Afghanistan.
Reportedly like this -- is in the hands of the Islamic regime NATO says that operators lost control of an -- armed drone or aircraft during a mission.
But US military source says there's no sign -- the -- running shot it down are really what condition it's currently and if it's on the ground in Iran.
Our next guest has been out in front calling for stronger sanctions against Iran we're gonna talk about that would senator.
Mark Kirk from Illinois senator Kirk before we get to some of those sanctions is drawing upon your experience.
As an intelligence officer what do you know about this situation with this unmanned aircraft.
All we know is what the Washington Post Iranian press and NATO press says.
That the Iranians claimed they shot down this drone they rains have claimed -- shot down many American and -- claimed Israeli drones before.
And those reports turned out to be not true.
But in this case that NATO ice half in Afghanistan says one of the drones is missing.
So it may be that that we had a mechanical malfunction then there is a possibility the Iranians have this Air -- Is it possible that they had the capability to shoot it down from the sky.
It's less likely than not that more that the Iranians may have taken advantage of -- mechanical or computer malfunction.
And then use it for propaganda purposes but in the past they've claimed these shoot downs.
And I've been unable to produce any pieces of -- drone and currently they have not exhibited any piece of the RQ 170 yet.
And deserve ears Amber's showing some file video what this drawn supposedly looks like.
-- be -- and have no video or picture -- of what they say they have on the ground they're actually showing file video as well I'm gonna leave that for rare it is.
Right now senator -- to talk a little bit about these sanctions that.
You that led.
In the senate a hundred to zero when it -- said though is supported this -- have a bipartisanship.
You often don't see these days in Washington that this would.
-- -- sanctions on financial institutions that do business with the central bank of Iran can you tell us who specifically that affects and why you think -- like that.
Well now we saw the Iranians had a bomb plot to blow up a Washington DC restaurant to kill a Saudi Arabian ambassador.
The UN reports they're getting close to building.
Nuclear potential for -- weaponry they oppress their own people especially -- high citizens and support terror around the world.
That's why senator Menendez and I got together to out.
Collapse the central bank of Iran to say to any entity around the world if you do business with the United States you cannot do business with Iran.
To force everyone to choose between the shrinking 300 billion dollar rainy and economy and the fourteen trillion dollar.
Despite the president of the United States -- opposing these sanctions the senate voted 100 to zero every single senator stood with us.
Saying that we should -- sanction the central bank of Iran.
You get any response from the White House since that passed.
The president still strongly opposes this amendment but that not a single senator stood with him.
The central bank of Iran according to the Treasury Department is a money longer for terror and nuclear parts.
It's the center of the app payment structure for Hamas and -- Hezbollah.
Sherbet and we think there's another exciting trip and have the run really quick that China and Russia do a lot of business with Iran -- are you saying that any banks in China and Russia that do business with the Central Bank.
-- Iran will not be allowed to do business with.
-- in the United States.
That's right what we do is we give out weeks if not months for everyone to adjust.
There are there is a national security waiver in the legislation just in case the president needs an absolute out.
And we want to work with the oil suppliers particularly Libya which is going to double production Iraq Saudi Arabia.
All who are probably pretty interested in helping out this diplomatic effort against Iran.
And -- like this hasn't been done before let's see what happens in the progress in the house and if we do have any.
I've response from the White House is about senator Kirk thanks so much for doing -- that today.