John Kerry calls for diplomacy with Iran
Will strategy work with rogue nation?
- Duration 5:13
- Date Feb 26, 2013
Will strategy work with rogue nation?
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All right now Iran is sitting down for nuclear talks in -- -- the first in eight months in fact.
Iran says it's preparing to make an offer to the west in return for easing some of the sanctions that have been in place over the last.
Several -- in the meantime.
And Germany's secretary of state John Kerry is calling on Iran to choose diplomacy.
But I will do in the middle of these talks today here in Germany.
Is express my hope and I think our hope that these talks.
Can advance that dialogue.
And that Iran itself will make its choice.
To move down the path of the diplomatic solution.
My -- -- executive director of the foundation for defense of democracies and expertise of course -- run.
And the sanctions mark and John Kerry as hope do you.
I Jenna well no I have no hope because if you're Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
And he's Revolutionary -- -- there -- no reason for you to compromise your nuclear program is moving quickly to undetectable break out.
And you have tens of billions of dollars in euros worth of foreign exchange reserves which are your principal weapon against the impact of sanctions so.
Iranian nuclear physics is beating western economic pressure why compromise is anything we can do about that.
Well I think there is -- number one -- we can massively intensify the sanctions that we bring the Iranian regime.
To the brink of economic collapse.
And we've got to have a credible threat of military force the United States has got to make it clear to Iran's supreme leader that -- -- news for -- detectable breakout.
The united states military would destroy his nuclear facilities what would that look like mark a credible military threat.
Well a credible military threat means that the United States both -- its.
Positioning of military assets and it's rhetoric.
Makes it very clear that we have the means and the will to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities right now there Iran's supreme leader.
Doesn't take us seriously he thinks we're blocking he doesn't believe that this administration is serious.
About using military force as a last resort.
Do you think would have to come from the president himself a speech from the president as suggesting that when -- the president has had enters the Middle East I next month.
Eight in an apparent attempt to.
-- show his relationship is strong relationship with Israel is that an opportunity.
I think it's a -- Good opportunity for President Obama in Israel to make it very clear to the Israeli people to the American people and most importantly.
To Iran's supreme leader -- Revolutionary Guards that this president is committed to stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons capability.
Again they are -- towards undetectable break out.
And by mid 2014.
Iranians will be able to produce a bombs worth of weapon grade uranium or sufficient separated plutonium in a matter in that -- -- that is so quick that'll be undetectable by western intelligence services and the IAEA so President Obama needs to make it clear now.
That they greens are racing towards a bomb in the united states -- do.
Everything possible to stop it -- think about these talks and mark and -- are these talks these negotiations to -- Iran at the table are they helping.
Or are they hurting the process.
Well listen I think it's always important to show a diplomatic.
Option I think it's important to demonstrates Iranians that if they're willing to comply with their international obligations.
There is a diplomatic solution so there's nothing wrong with diplomatic talks the problem is -- -- -- using diplomatic talks.
To string along the international community to continue to build towards critical nuclear capability.
And are looking for ways to try to divide the international community and get sanctions relief from the -- from the Chinese and others so.
As long as we are sober about what these talks can accomplish there's nothing wrong engaging in them.
We gotta be careful that we're not strung along for another round of endless negotiations to get us nowhere.
And -- a little bit whether viewers mark because there's been reports recently of Iran using all ships these old ships that they've had their hands on to transport oil without us seeing it.
We've -- heard Iran talk a little bit about humanitarian crises that are happening inside the country.
Because of our sanctions and -- and essentially being blamed for.
Our -- not having food and medical supplies that hasn't hit full tilt but -- -- -- sort of indication about where this conversation is going in the in.
In the in the global community to this tell us a little bit about what what you know about what's going on inside Iran and how effective these sanctions have really then.
What -- in the sanctions have been effective but they're not effective enough to have him brought the Iranian regime to that the brink of economic collapse.
Iranians are engaged in massive sanctions busting you mentioned the ship to ship transfers to disguise the origin of their oil.
And they are manufacturing a humanitarian crisis there is no humanitarian crisis in Iran today.
Iranians have billions of dollars worth of local currency sitting in Japanese and South Korean and Indian bank accounts.
And they can use that money to buy all the food and medicine that they need for the Iranian people if they're not using that money.
To meet the humanitarian needs of the Iranian people that's the regime's fault and the US administration has got to make that clear we've got an awful job.
On the public relations side of making that -- some good contacts press today mark as always thank you.
Thanks so much --