Listen: Iran's president says 'no limit' to nuclear enrichment
"Deal is not dead yet. That's at least what Iran is saying since since president trump withdrew the US from the twenty fifteen nuclear deal the joint comprehensive plan of action or JCP LA. Tehran has gradually taken steps to reduce its compliance now. According to a new assessment by Israeli military intelligence Iran could have enough enriched uranium to build a ninety pound nuclear bomb by the end of twenty twenty former energy secretary. Ernest needs one of Obama's principal negotiators on the nuclear deal. He joins us from Washington. So according to Israel's military Iran could have a nuke within within the year how credible is that assessment. In your opinion. I think that's completely misleading. I remind you that. The Iran agreement had the restriction and on Iran's activities enforced in a way that there was a so-called one year breakout time that is if Iran Dan were to go full out From the place that they were under the agreement name could make enough material for a bomb in no less than one year. The end of this year is nearly a year and obviously they have already taken steps away from some of the constraints so that breakout time right now is somewhat less Than Than One year. So what do you think. Israeli intelligence would not take those facts accent consideration when making this assessment. Oh I think they have a so what I'm saying is the statement is not a very profound statement. All saying is that there was a one year breakout time. It's been somewhat eroded that's clear however the more important part of the agreement is the verification measures where the international inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency have unparalleled tools back to Watch everything going on in the program even following the uranium all the way from mine too enrichment c'mon Plant so the question is if Iran is committed to building a nuclear weapon in this all out scenario we will know it and then it's up to the United States and others to decide upon the response including a potential military response. Nothing was taken off the table in the Iran agreement well despite Iran's recurring claims that its activities are being supervised by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The I. Hi is claimed that Iran is violating the deal and that was before Iran's decision to fully abandon its commitments so how is the world following Iran's activity Iran it has taken by announcement five steps to lower their compliance. They said this back in. I guess it was starting in March. They took the first or step in eight months later. They took the fifth step once. They took the very first step. They were violating some part of the agreement and and the IRA E can verify it. It's kind of a little ironic. Twist that they can verify compliance and they can verify noncompliance so in that sense. Iran was not in hiding anything They were being transparent foreign ministers arief emphasize this again. Quite recently. That Every step they've taken and they considered to be reversible. They have more heavy-water than they are allowed onto the agreement. Well if the agreement this back they can easily get rid of that heavy-water They have enriched uranium beyond the three hundred kilogram limit. Well they can easily get rid of that so again again. They have clearly left. Open the option of going back to the agreement fully if everybody goes back to new agreement fully ernest. Komo news was the secretary of energy under Barack. Obama helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal with the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington secretary. Thank you very much. Okay thank you. Israel jets bombed a military base in central Syria last night killing several pro Iranian fighters Israel generally refuses to confirm news reports about these sorts of military terry operations but the attack last night appears to be the first Israeli strike against Iranian allies. Since the killing of Iran's top military commander Hossam"