Iran to have enough nuclear bomb material by summer?
Watchdog says production has escalated
- Duration 4:42
- Date Feb 4, 2013
Watchdog says production has escalated
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-- -- may be even closer to becoming a nuclear power than anybody thought a former top official.
The UN nuclear watchdog telling Fox News that starting this summer.
The Islamic republic will be able to produce enough material to make an atomic bomb every six weeks adding that Iran.
Will also -- the heavy water plant operational by next year.
General Jack Keane joins us retired four star general former vice chief of staff of the army and a Fox News contributor general always a pleasure to talk to you.
Good morning group President Obama had argued all along that his policy of sanctions.
Would force Tehran to.
Is the evidence now pretty clear that it's either had no effect -- the opposite effect and it escalated their nuclear production.
Yet make no mistake about it Greg there right on the money.
They they've been after this nuclear weapon -- forty years we've been playing and in their sandbox.
For -- -- is a combination of diplomatic talks economic sanctions.
And actually -- back and forth.
To their refusal to cooperate in -- inspectors and they don't talk they won't let us talk -- -- sciences.
Every month every year that goes by.
The program creeps closer to reality and that's where we are in fact that -- the UN's watchdog agency.
Greg Schmidt said in the last six months since diplomatic talks broke down in June.
-- -- have doubled their effort.
To developing a nuclear weapons so we're well on a way to this becoming a reality despite diplomatic talks and despite economic -- Yeah well and they've been Smart they learned certainly from the Israeli attack on Iraq's nuclear facility many many years ago -- show.
Let's put up the map.
These are the main sites that we know about but there are a total of twenty sites so they spread out -- program.
-- Can anyone successfully take it out -- tactical strikes.
Yes we we can set back the program to be sure most military experts -- give -- that in terms of toll destroying a program that's another matter.
But the fact -- of the matter is is that from a military perspective yes we can definitely cause a setback -- program -- now that it is challenging as you can see on your map there are multiple locations.
And we have a physics problem on our hands -- we've been dealing with for some years and that is we have highly precision weapons that could penetrate deep.
And our adversaries have been going deeper and building relatively large bunkers and that's what the Iranians have been their most classified facilities.
Where they're using the highly enriched uranium.
All that said we still have the capacity.
To deliver a blow to them.
Now well you know President Obama has repeatedly said and his administration has -- that the military option is on the table.
Is that rhetoric in your judgment is it's sincere -- it does it lead you to believe that in the end.
Israel will be forced to act unilaterally.
Well what's most important is one of the Iranians fully.
The fact of the matter is they don't.
They don't believe that rhetoric they they have watched us for a number of years that is United States why have -- the Israelis in public.
Pre teaching closer to a military option you're running misinterpret that that we do not have the stomach ourselves for that military options that I don't take it seriously.
And it -- brings -- -- Israelis from a stage I mean Netanyahu sent to us months ago.
But this summer is when he believes he'll run -- will cross the Red Line.
And and he will be forced to conduct some coming unilateral military action it appears that that's going to become a reality.
Now look a -- foreign minister general claims that his country is all set to do we deal with the blast to defuse the situation.
-- -- is that just a ploy -- borrowing a page out of the North Korean nuclear playbook and you know that.
It's a shell game and -- to hear their planets.
Flop -- I think if you -- any American on the straight.
Put a microphone parliament asked the question they'd give you.
The absolute correct answer which is they are playing us we are in their sandbox and we are playing.
Their game and we've been doing a for a long time they watched the United States negotiate with North Korea right into a nuclear capability they want the same outcome.
-- -- general Jack -- always a pleasure to speak Newser thanks so much.