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-- -- Sound like a hundred.
But when it comes -- -- nuclear weapons program.
The only difference between them -- this.
-- -- was a wolf in wolves clothing.
100 years a wolf in sheep's globe.
Wolf we'll fix you couldn't pull the -- the wool over the yard.
Of the international community.
Well there is the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Before the general assembly -- is is the final speech today so he gets the last word joining us now Michael O'Hanlon director of research and senior fellow foreign policy of the Brookings Institution.
Michael always good to talk to you -- reaction to Netanyahu's.
You know I don't really like the framing very well I have to be honest because.
I don't think mr.
Netanyahu knows what kind of clothing the president of Iran really wears or to put it differently what what Israel motivations are obviously.
Any -- -- and who's been acceptable to much of the hardline community -- -- keeps some of the prerogatives.
As he sees it of a nuclear weapons program it doesn't mean he's gonna pursue the bomb it doesn't mean he's necessarily gonna be averse to it reasonable deal.
He's got to deal with -- very very painful sanctions.
So at a minimum he has to consider some tactical compromises and if we can be Smart enough about how we would.
Right any kind of a deal or propose any kind of a deal.
I think we can let him -- a few centrifuges and a little low enriched uranium and basically keep everyone happy at least there's that possibility.
So now mr.
-- -- wants to say that's an unlikely possibility it's an unlikely prospect.
You know that's a very aspiration all and hopeful interpretation of -- -- that would be fine.
To throw some call water on enthusiasm that's that's fine and -- Smart but to say you already know deep down that this guy cannot do it a deal.
That that's something that Netanyahu can't yet know and shouldn't say because it makes Netanyahu himself look bad -- makes it look like he's just trying.
To sabotage whatever prospects there may be for at least exploring the possibility of the deal so I didn't care for the speech.
With the United States and Iran talking does that mean.
That Israel will have to take action.
Israel I think would be foolish to do this quickly.
You know I mean there's only some small chance that will agree to a bad deal but there's no reason for Netanyahu to start worrying about that now.
I mean the United States Israel relationship is so strong.
There's been so much consultation on this matter and pres Obama is always that he would prefer a negotiated deal and now he's got somebody can at least explore that possibility wet.
So why not have Netanyahu used the speech today to remind the world what a good deal might look like.
As opposed to just say any kind of a deal that you might strike with this guy is is bad news I might have to go to a military strike on my -- or whatever I I just think it's -- it's got to give it a little bit -- and see what we can perhaps.
Negotiated if they come down to uranium enrichment if it would seem as though would the president of the United States says that a diplomatic solution.
Over the nuclear program can be negotiated and yet at.
His United Nations speech.
Present -- -- Hani said that Iran will never ever under any circumstances.
Give up its uranium enrichment in Iran.
As you know is is fairly close to break out capacity meaning -- could finish a device in a matter of weeks so in truth.
If they're not gonna give up uranium enrichment.
What's there to negotiate.
Well the deal an acceptable deal has to look something like this I'm not gonna get into all the specifics but you know just illustrate.
They have to give up let's say three fourths of all their centrifuges.
They have to give up all of -- medium enriched uranium which as you know is just one step short of bomb grade.
And they can only keep a certain amount of low enriched uranium which can also be usable in a research reactor or an energy reactor.
And then maybe they could sell some low enriched uranium to other customers abroad.
Because as as I think you're correctly -- saying and I would agree with you.
If this is your implication they want to be able to at least preserve the option of returning to a nuclear weapons path.
And and that's the best we can hope for not a big deal that does that he gets rid of most of the centrifuges.
Most or all of the medium enriched uranium prevents them from going -- high enriched uranium keeps plenty of inspectors limits the -- uranium stockpile.
I think we can live with that deal.
And that Iran can still say we're on the threshold of a nuclear weapon if we ever needed the rest of the world gangs up on us and we can -- I -- you don't have one now and there's no prospect of your getting want.
You get -- up most of the centrifuges human -- that's the kind of a deal that we have to see if we can possibly negotiate.
I realize it's a long shot but let's not give up already.
Doubt whatever that makes sense.
My concerns -- by were represented the US would be law.
They have develops so money -- advanced.
And I'm not sure.
We know exactly how many or where they are on the -- dispersed their facilities.
Many of them underground almost two dozen sites in those -- only the ones we know about.
So they were to hand over some of the centrifuges in the medium.
It enriched uranium.
-- one would worry deeply about this stuff they're hiding and that inspectors.
Well look -- a strategic analyst your strategically oriented journalists you and I gonna be worrying about this problem along with many other people for decades to come I agree there is not going to be any happy ending that is just the end of the book.
And we can just pocket the deal and never worry about Iran's nuclear ambitions ever again that's just not the world we live in the world because there's the uncertainty that you're talking about also applies to any military strike sure we don't know where those centrifuges are today we can't -- -- -- so -- -- living in a world in which Iran probably is gonna do it can to have its cake and eat it too.
We just gotta be tough minded about any kind of a deal we would strike so Netanyahu could given three force of the same message.
And I think he would have been correct.
We should be suspicious we should be skeptical we should be very wary.
But we should not give up now because the military option is really -- pretty bad one -- Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution always a pleasure to speak -- always learn a lot and and I appreciate your stopping by to speak with us today thank you so my pleasure thank you.
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