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Right now some chilling new details in the nuclear standoff with the -- in the lead until Election Day here in the United States.
We're expecting the UN's nuclear watchdog agency to lay out.
A Starker reality here's how the New York Times put it quote.
Despite increasingly painful sanctions.
Any Covert program called Olympic Games at -- to slow the -- -- programs cyber attacks.
-- Ryan has made substantial progress in producing enriched uranium in recent years.
From about one bomb's worth when mr.
Obama took office in 2009.
To the equivalent.
Of about five bombs worth today.
That again from the New York Times what does this mean for our security here at home and our next step Michael seeing is with SF former senior director middle east affairs -- National Security Council right now managing director.
At the Washington Institute for Near East Policy so Michael.
-- what does that mean.
A -- means that despite everything we've done on sanctions on nuclear talks.
-- -- continues to creep closer and closer to having the nuclear weapons capability that we've been trying to stop it from having.
And and I think as we look at this report -- were looking for three things number one is how many centrifuges is Iran operating.
Number two is how efficient are the centrifuges have -- advanced centrifuges.
And the third and really most critical Jenna is -- to what level are they in -- and are they getting closer -- that bomb grade uranium that they need.
And so far what we've seen from -- -- -- is that as that talks going to these kind of walls these these dead periods as it were.
Iran uses that to rush forward and that's what we might see.
-- still one of the reports that again that we expect to see and we expect these reports -- the next couple days.
One report says that the country's added upwards of a thousand new machines -- thousand new machines near a military base near Kwan and -- That's supposedly is -- -- -- -- you probably know better than so please share with us an area that is.
That is in -- vulnerable to military attack is that right.
But -- I don't know it's invulnerable to attack but it certainly is very deep underground and and there's a concern no doubt be much harder to get -- In many of Iran's other facilities and that is in part driving this kind of US Israel tension.
Over what is the right time to attack what is the right criteria for attack.
And so the timetable on that summer bringing this up you know this is -- As as we -- Michael this term October surprise some thing happens right before the election where the president has to act.
He knew would -- did you know the chances of that actually happening in your opinion.
I think the chances are indeed going up -- and we'll see what this report says and if it reveals big new advances by Iran as the Israeli prime minister has suggested.
And I think that does really increase the fear of an attack and part of what's driving this -- and I think is that the US and Israel while.
Both ostensibly are committed to stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon have big differences when it comes both to.
How what are we willing to tolerate from Iran as well as what is that right timing for an attack I think Israel because it has a limited military capacity.
And -- -- going to depend on anyone including the United States to safeguard its security.
-- that an attack has to happen sooner as Iran's program gets bigger and more advanced.
-- when analyst -- told me that you have to watch Israel when they're quiet.
You don't have to watch and as much when they're talking.
Is that true might try it -- in in your opinion with all of this out there although an at a at a club -- -- I think that's editorialized in a little bit this is obviously very serious issue.
It is there some truth in that though.
Well I think it's I think it's hard to generalize having this is something where we've all been conditioned in a sense to expect an attack that this is a possibility that may happen.
And so it's easy to say well this is just -- this is more of the same.
And I think there's certainly an element here of Israeli prime minister Netanyahu trying to.
Get the international community to do more through his words that's what he keeps saying is more needs to be done.
Part of this though is the natural debate that happens in Israel which is a democracy over.
Is this the right time to attack and he's trying to win the political argument at home as well as sway international opinion so I don't think we should we can draw any generalizations from.
Shifted a good point for -- reflect on real quick Michael we're going to be hearing from both parties over the next two weeks foreign policies obviously big issue.
What should we be asking of our leaders whoever they are.
And the next term when it comes to Iran.
Well I think that what this comes down to between they're Republicans -- Democrats -- in many -- is what are we willing to accept.
From Iran because one thing that doesn't getting much notice here is that.
US red lines on Iran have inexorably shifted under President Obama didn't we used to be saying Iran can't enrich uranium.
Now it's a matter of well yeah they can -- some but how much.
And I think we have to be careful about that sort of shifting in red lines happening underneath the radar.
And that's the question we should ask is what we really live with when -- considering a nuclear capacity.
A key question -- -- reflect on Michael always nice to have you thanks for joining us at a special edition on a Sunday may be hard at work.
We appreciate it look for having me back.
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