New concerns over how close Iran is to weaponizing uranium
Former CIA covert ops officer Mike Baker weighs in
- Duration 5:00
- Date Sep 11, 2012
Former CIA covert ops officer Mike Baker weighs in
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-- today about how close Iran -- getting to a nuclear weapon as we continue to get reports that Iran is.
Both keeping its uranium production low around level for civilian use for energy use but in the meantime.
Ramping up his ability to quickly turn that material.
Into a nuclear weapon.
And now Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling out the United States for not being willing to draw a red line.
As to when we will act.
The world -- -- words.
There's still time.
And I say.
-- -- -- Wait until when.
He goes into the international community who refuse to put.
Red lines before Enron.
Don't have a moral.
Right to place a red light before was well.
-- -- is a former CIA.
Covert operations officer of gossip president of -- security from diligence LLC Mike let's start there with Netanyahu's comments -- thank.
I'd I'd take very seriously and and frankly I agree with them.
They're getting a lot of pressure and -- getting a lot of pressure from this current administration.
To not take action.
And the White House recently issued a statement which I think it's a stunning in its its lack of of of clarity.
And it's very lamb and it says basically that the window of opportunity.
To take a diplomatic solution to the nuclear situation in Iran.
Won't remain open forever well you know because our conventional Haitians what do what is exactly does that mean streak and so Netanyahu and Israeli leadership looks at that.
They think whoa what it what you're talking about and in the US itself occurred -- won't set as he said and red lines to say at this point no more.
You can't go beyond this point.
And and I think what in foreign policy particularly when you're talking about something as critical -- this.
And and and a lack of clarity those aren't good things and Mike.
Administration also says all options -- on the table and they say we knew what we -- Isn't that enough why -- they need to say more.
-- I think because you're you're you're not dealing with a regime that that processes -- that in the same way that other countries might.
And I think we've seen that look at it -- Iran is incredibly adept at a bit -- -- buying time and end at all.
He's skating but we just talked about an introduction -- -- like he did talk just a little bit more about.
Being able to be flexible it seems that they're producing uranium -- until the lion eat that it's.
In the international community right reducing use -- for our.
For electricity right but they're ramping up all the other technology that would really just allow them quickly to produce -- nuclear weapon in quickly and in several weeks' time.
Not -- overnight but still.
They're they're messing with that line whatever that line.
By the ability Iran -- has been doing this for years and years and years and years despite the sanctions and and and the -- are never going to work effectively because we've got to.
You know great impediments to China and Russia and as long as they you know refuse to it to to play ball in the series -- -- sanctions it's not going to work so Iran is doing this hokey pokey.
Where they're saying look we're taking some of this 20%.
Enriched uranium and always know what transferring it into a fuel category here were using that we're reducing what we've been you know currently got by half -- -- the same time.
We know for a fact now that they've increased number of centrifuges they have -- -- two key facilities by over a thousand.
So they're almost up to the point about 2800 centrifuges is where they want to go to almost to that point now.
And so what that allows is it gives -- an opportunity and and I think by doing what they're doing cutting their their current stocks in in basically in half and announcing that after the IAEA report I think that what that shows is their confidence in their ability.
To enrich uranium at a faster pace real quick here.
Again we're dealing some reports coming out of Iran on on their facilities and on their technology -- one thing that we've learned for sure over the last couple days.
Is the Canadian embassy and who knew that -- -- still an embassy in Tehran but they they did it for actively but with their embassy into Iran and they close it down and you see that's a real sign that we should watch even though I didn't get a lot of coverage why.
Very important development and -- -- right very little coverage of this development but we haven't had a facility in Iran since 79.
And so we've we've -- very heavily on the Canadians who have worked extremely hard over the years to maintain open communications and a presence in Tehran.
With the administration there with the regime.
And now what they've done -- they said that's it we finally got to a point where we're we're shutting our doors and they gave five days to get all the Iranian diplomats out of Canada.
That's a major line for them to cross not the Canadians and their own way this thing with a reason why we're doing this now is a combination of things.
Part of it is is Iranian continued involvement in not supporting a -- Part of it is their -- program part of as the support of terrorism well you know collectively all of that means they're gone they're done.
That's not that's not a good thing for us in the sense because we have relied heavily on a Canadian -- has to help us in our ground truth assessment.
We'll continue watch -- situation Michael is great to have your insights and expertise.
And we'll be right back with more happening now.