Continued discussion of 'red line' for Iran nuke program
Previewing Netanyahu's U.N. address
- Duration 5:12
- Date Sep 27, 2012
Previewing Netanyahu's U.N. address
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Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said to address the UN general assembly very shortly he's expected said to find a firm red line for Iran.
And its nuclear program and also remind the world why -- nuclear armed Iran as unacceptable not just Israel.
But to everybody Netanyahu is addressing the UN and day after Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had his turn.
The leader I have -- -- claiming his nation is under constant threat a military action from Israel.
Continual threat by the -- symbolizes the zionist us.
It's -- resorting to military action against all great donation box is a computer example of this -- reality a couple of.
Rick Stevens is foreign affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Brett we've talked a lot about these red lines -- -- seems to have a red line.
And apparently we're gonna hear what Israel's red line is what do you expect from Netanyahu today.
Yeah it's a good question I mean some of your viewers will be shocked to learn I haven't actually been shown an advanced copy of the speech but there's been this very active -- quite public debate.
Between the Israeli government and the Obama administration.
That's exactly where a red line should be drawn and one of the what areas of contention between the two governments.
Is whether it should be drawn at the level of a nuclear weapons capability which is what the Israelis are saying.
Or an actual nuclear weapon the Israeli argument.
Is that by the time Iran gets to a capability will never know for sure and we won't be able to preempt their move from capability to weapon.
So who's red line is the most appropriate if you -- for that this safety and security of the world well look from an Israeli perspective their ability to stop Iran from going nuclear is much more limited and our ability here in the United States that to some extent that these differences are function.
Of the military capabilities of of of both countries.
That said you know the lesson from Iraq the lesson from past intelligence failures.
Is that you never have exact intelligence Jenna about just when a nation how close or how far.
An adversary an adversary is from a nuclear weapon.
And I think from the point of view of the United States we shouldn't put so much faith in our ability to know exactly -- Iran will cross the nuclear threshold the last -- we want to do is wake up surprised to learn that they crossed it.
With a nuclear test the morning before.
We've certainly reported their shifting time lines in the shifting percentages as far as uranium enrichment and what that all means as far as how close Iran is.
I to a nuclear weapon I was reviewing Netanyahu's speech from last year.
And it's curious your thoughts on this spread about how the world has really changed over.
The last year you know what's different why is this speech -- any more important in the speech last year because the sense of -- -- Iran saying incendiary things Israel responding.
It -- -- now we've been used to for years so what makes yet and day different well it's it's and it's that classic line -- -- -- all all over again.
About when listening to that clip of Oxley finish out I wonder why the word -- spies and in -- -- -- word this is a president who's constantly calling for Israel to be wiped off the map.
Complaining about the threats.
The threats from Israel the difference is the differences -- a bit in the last year.
Iran has enriched about 200 pounds.
Of uranium to a 20% level which is very close to nuclear bomb grade.
So while we've been talking the Iranian centrifuges -- -- we get consistent reports from the international atomic energy agency.
Telling us just how much closer -- -- -- -- -- to crossing that nuclear capability threshold.
Still one of the things that we are apparently we'll hear from Netanyahu as well.
Is is again.
What what this means for the world a nuclear Iran.
And you know we have to gaze back and north -- a little bit Brad Wright because we sit and rigorous sanctions for North Korea.
And we were told that they were working and then one day we did wake up and there's a video of North Korea testing but we believe -- nuclear weapon.
So it could do we see that pattern repeating it several what changes in the world if we do make up one day and that's -- -- out.
And remember you know you just remember the context of the 2006 North Korean test here you had George W.
Bush as president.
Saying a nuclear North Korea would be unacceptable tough guy Republican president.
And yet within a matter of months or less than a year after -- test north BC's -- North Korea tested its nuclear weapon.
The Bush Administration was par laying in negotiating with North Korea and taking them off the terror -- and that's the history.
That the Iranians are very mindful of their thinking that the moment they get a nuclear weapon for all of our talk about it being unacceptable.
Their diplomatic position is that much stronger.
Just real quick here Brad as -- -- this speech -- he watching for what it is the keys that you're going to be paying attention to you well I would be I would.
The question now is the.
That's -- -- talking to to what what three audiences there's a global audience there the -- -- themselves but he's also having a conversation public conversation with the Obama administration.
The rhetoric between the two sides has been pretty heated and it is has not been not been kept in private the question is whether.
BB Netanyahu is gonna try to placate the administration.
Or he's gonna try to set a -- distinctive Israeli line of his -- We'll watch for that threat as always thank you for your insights he appreciated no wait that speech -- well thank you thanks.