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A -- -- -- a new development surrounding Iran and its controversial nuclear program while there are reports in -- just reports at this time.
That the United States is still open to direct talks with the new president.
Of Iran are now learning that a key player in the region a US ally Saudi Arabia has a new missile time missile sites.
And there's a significance to where it is geographically and that's why anyone to -- the map right now we've known all along that Saudi Arabia.
Has ballistic missile sites one of them being down here in the south of the country.
But there's a new missile site that just came to light in a report over the last few days that's right here outside of the capital.
And there's a concern about this site because the missile could reach potentially to Iran.
And that's a concern are we gonna see some sort of conflict between these two countries but also can reach over to Israel.
Which is interesting because both Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Do not want Iran to get nuclear weapons now what you're seeing here is well on -- -- gonna highlight -- a little bit and -- I can't.
These -- -- known sites approximately.
-- some of Iran's nuclear projects you see this went down here bushy area have -- at times appear.
These are sites that.
Have a lot of attention because some believe that's where Iran is trying to build its nuclear weapons and you can see geographically.
Where those could potentially reach in the region.
Michael Rubin is with as a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute a former staff advisor at the Department of Defense -- what do you make of this new site in Saudi Arabia and what it means.
-- -- of the first thing I think it means is that.
Saudi Arabia is giving us a vote of no confidence when it comes to diplomacy with regard -- -- -- What Saudi Arabia is basically is doing and saying is we're gonna be prepared for the day after Iran develops nuclear weapons.
Because we might simply be able -- them off the self.
And we have this missile base here which we can use for our own deterrents were retaliation.
If the United States has enacted Israel doesn't act could you see Saudi Arabia being -- the preemptive than in trying to prevent.
-- -- from getting a nuclear weapon.
What do think Saudi Arabia is going to try to prevent Iran -- Getting a nuclear weapon I don't think that they're capable of doing that militarily.
They're certainly trying to put diplomatic pressure on the United States and that may also be part of the story about they revelations about this missile base right now.
Making -- diplomatic pressure that's what summer point CO.
But the prime minister of Israel coming out over the weekend and saying hello hello to the world audience we have to make sure we remain focused on Iran despite all the other -- people in the region what do you make and the prime minister coming out.
And we need more specifics about what we're going to do Iran is rushing -- nuclear power.
Well certainly I think the Israelis are concerned with regard to the Obama administration's.
Stated desire to enter into negotiations again with -- -- -- Albert Einstein defined.
Insanity is doing the same action repeatedly but expecting different results.
And the reason why this is important is possible or -- -- used to be Iran's nuclear negotiator.
And he bragged about four years ago about how he -- pulled the wool over the americans' -- by pretending to negotiate and all the while import thing.
-- goods and technology which he needed to advance Iran's nuclear program.
Indeed it really upheld that you run and -- that they played checkers I'm sorry they play -- while the Americans -- -- Let's go back to the point that you say this is in direct reaction to a United States policy that's remaining remaining less active.
In this region and then pro active.
What what changes that is.
What people are still talking about a preemptive military strike in Iran is that the only thing that would show leadership in this region or their other options that we really should consider.
No but we need to understand that military deterrence.
It is not against diplomacy in fact oftentimes.
Showing that we are taking the military preparations.
-- should diplomacy falcon actually -- diplomacy but what prime minister Netanyahu will be Israel's concerned about.
Is in the American enthusiasm for negotiations.
-- going to get played by the Iranians and we're not gonna take the preparations.
Should the last resort become necessary.
Talk about diplomacy is this is a final thoughts for our viewers Michael we have our allies in the region Israel.
Also Saudi Arabia some have suggested -- they have suggested on our show before and that we should have formal treaties.
Between all of our countries so we know that we have the type of relationships that we need to have in the region to keep Iran from becoming nuclear and to protect our own interests what about.
An official -- not only between the -- and Israel but between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Well certainly what these missile bases in Saudi Arabia have shown.
It's just how unstable even the unofficial truce between Saudi Arabia and Israel is because.
Remember Saudi Arabia has the king but unlike other -- is where you go from father to son when the -- -- in Saudi Arabia go from brother to brother.
That worked well when they were all in their fifties or sixties but they're now all in their eighty's -- ninety's and so while they might have a truce with the Jewish state today.
Tomorrow they could be just as -- style as Iran is and that's one of the reasons why the Israelis are concerned.
About this new missile base in Saudi -- And -- decision on the surface are -- there's so many different ideological and ethnic and religious difference is awesome in the region gives us under the talk about next time.
As we never really seemed to run out of things to talk about Michael great to have you on the program again thank you.
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