Listen: Spokesman: Iran to break stockpile limit set by nuclear deal
"Earlier today. Iran threatened to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium that would break the terms of the twenty fifteen nuclear deal. President Trump, of course withdrew the United States from that deal. But until now, Iran has said it would stick to its commitments, Iran insists it doesn't want to build a nuclear bomb. But these enrichment stockpiles would put it in the range of what it would need to build a weapon now all of this is happening. As the Trump administration insists that Iran is responsible for attacks onto oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. Here's secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Fox News, Sunday, there's no doubt intelligence committee, has lots of data lots of evidence the world will come to see much of it, but the American people should rest assured. We have confidence with respect to who conducted these attacks as well as a half dozen other tax throughout the world of the past. Forty days are online with me. Now, former vice chief of staff of the US army retired general Jacquin, good morning, general. Good morning. Are you concerned at all with the news this morning that Iran says it will increase its enriched uranium stockpiles? Well, I, I actually thought they would do something like that what they're trying to do is put more pressure on international community, to entice the United States to toback down their strategy is, is pretty obvious because. Crippling sanctions certainly hurting their economy, which is contracted six percent. Inflation thirty seven percent. The currency is divided by the dramatically food shortages power outages, and growing civil unrest of the issues facing. And, and as we know now, our intelligence services, told us, they've had a pullback some of the funding for the proxies, which is their main foreign policy instrument that they used to control an influence to the Middle East. Let me ask you, if Iran wants to get the US is attention. And that's what they're doing with this announcement this morning. How how should the US respond? Well, I think what these activities at Iran is conducted in terms of disrupting commercial tankers in the Persian Gulf. That's also they're trying to put pressure on the international community because, you know, oil prices are going up disruption flow of oil this disrupted half the world's economy depends on that Audrey of oil coming out of the out of the Middle East. And I think what we're going to say here if the administration, I don't have inside information I don't I don't ever seek it. But just thinking through the issue is one inform our allies of the intelligence that we have, and also attempt to gain support for increased level of activity. And I think that's the phase win right now. The second thing I think we'll see is likely a coalition to support an escort tankers going to the Persian Gulf through the strait of moves in the Gulf of them on specifically, and Iran will likely react to that. And, and we will have to respond, but I do think. How let me ask you, you talk about a coalition. And I wanna ask you about our allies, Germany's foreign minister says the video that Centcom provided that said the shows evidence of Iranians removing a mind from the boat to the side of a boat. Termi says that's not sufficient, the Japanese government says they want more evidence. Is it normal for our allies to be so skeptical? And, and if they are as they appear to be what does that mean for the US? Well, I think the evidence is there secretary Pao's promised to provide additional evidence, our intelligence committee, have seen all the evidence, Adam Schiff, who certainly no supporter of this administration. He is the head of that committee. And he says the evidence is overwhelming and, and compelling. His words, not say that. So I think it's just a matter of what I'm saying we're gonna face here. We're going to get this information to our allies get support and began to Patel. Checked this commercial artery of oil. You know that the world so depends on and clearly by disrupting that Iran wants to put more pressure on the United States to back off on the citations, which is the first time that we have seen any democratic Republican ministration since the Iran began this campaign malign, aggressive behavior thirty nine years ago and has had significant success in the region with Lebanon Syria Yemen to be sure political influence in Iraq, and undermining the other countries in the region, not even speak of sponsoring world terrorism that I think we have an opportunity here, no guarantee of that. But to begin to curb their behavior. How combustible do you think this situation is in the last few seconds? We have left. I think it is, you know, Reagan doing the same thing and in and commercial shipping in the late nineteen eighties had to escalate. And how to take down to well, platforms and, and to station basis of naval shipping at the RG see used we'll probably on that path limited measured activity. Former vice chief of staff of the US army retired general Jackie general, thanks for your time this morning. Great"