New report indicates Iran ramping up nuke program
Former CIA operative weighs in
- Duration 3:43
- Date Feb 14, 2013
Former CIA operative weighs in
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-- recognize that now the time for a diplomatic solution.
Because -- coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations and we will do what is necessary to prevent that.
From getting a nuclear weapons.
President Obama at the state of the union repeating his warning to Iran when it comes to its nuclear ambitions -- Austin this week there's a new report in the Washington Post.
That says Iran is trying to get its hands on tens of thousands of highly specialized magnets.
That are used in centrifuges -- is out meanwhile according to experts that.
That means that Iran is really seriously ramping up its nuclear program.
And more ominously.
Could dramatically shorten the time -- needed to build a nuclear weapon is certainly got our humor -- mark cracked.
-- a former CIA operative and a fellow with the foundation for defense of democracies throughout gets the news in just a moment -- quite an interesting story.
Because after your time with the CIA you decided that you were going to sneak into a rotten.
Just tell us a little bit about that experience.
Well I mean they're quickly blood.
I had sent others -- -- and I had not gone myself so I sort of wanted.
-- it and I wanna do.
Find out what it was like to go longer on under somewhat.
Clandestine circumstances and I did discover.
That it was fearful.
-- He did he tell us a little bit more about that it was to say how hungry -- by the way.
I was ever week I -- and -- truck.
From eastern Turkey.
And it was an eye opening experience I wrote a book about it but.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend that for everyone.
Well considering your skill -- we'll just we'll just leave it at -- -- is interesting because so few people have been inside this country.
And we talk about this really on a weekly basis about their move towards nuclear weapons they say they're not that.
But of course that's what is assumes.
-- your take away from the latest news not only the warning from the president again but this latest news about the Magnuson centrifuges in activity inside of Iran.
Well I'd take away several things right the most important to would be.
Why now we've fear that China is.
-- been a preeminent smuggling point four.
The Iran ends the -- to reinforce that suspicion we still don't know whether the Iranians were successful in their objective to get these.
Magnets that could increase their center -- huge production enormously.
And she knew most importantly it -- does reinforce.
The concern that that I think everyone has had.
That the Iran -- are aiming for a break -- capacity.
Which is essentially undetectable that is by the time you figure out.
That -- move into highly enriched uranium.
You couldn't possibly check it militarily or by any other -- On that -- How good is our intelligence do you feel.
Coming from inside of Iran -- to know exactly what's happening inside -- country.
I'd say it's prob.
-- pretty weak I think the best intelligence is gathered by the UN watchdog the the day.
I think they're probably other electronic means -- provide some assistance but I doubt seriously.
Whether we have human sources.
In the program that provide.
Current invaluable information.
And we're continuing to watch this story again only based on reports but.
One that can be significant.
In Iran's move towards nuclear weapons Arab -- great to have you on the program today thank you for the time.