Iran's Nuclear AnnouncementPrintable Version
By Bill Hemmer, FOX News' America's Newsroom
Bill Hemmer: More now in our developing story out of Tehran. Hard line leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announcing only moments ago that his country is entering the state of industrial nuclear fuel production. That news part of a massive celebration called a "national day of nuclear energy." Tim Roemer, former Indiana Congressman and member of the 9/11 Commission, good morning to you.
Tim Roemer: Thanks Bill
Hemmer: So, what to do now?
Roemer: Well, first of all, the proliferation of this technology and nuclear weapons is increasingly a US concern and an international concern. I worry, Bill, that this is a negotiating tactic by the Iranians, that Ahmadinejad announces that they have new industrial capabilities and are creating 3,000 new centrifuges while their negotiator Larijani says they’re willing to negotiate with the West. Now what this is, is simply running out the clock, a good-guy, bad guy, good-cop, bad cop tactic.
I think the United States
has to continue to be clear that this is not
something we’re going to tolerate: Iranian
weapons of mass destruction and centrifuge
capability. We have to continue to work with
the world community through the United Nations
to ratchet up the political, the economic and
the diplomatic leverage and keep all options on
Hemmer: You know Tim, while you’re talking there is a live image now, a live video from Natanz, the nuclear facility where the speech is happening as we talk here. Marc Ginsberg will be on air in a few minutes, Tim. He asks, which model are you going to take? Is it the Libya model where you talk him into it, the North Korea model where you work with him over a period of years or the Iraq model? What is it, A, B or C for Iran?
Roemer: Well, it could be a combination a couple of those models Bill. Certainly the Libyan model worked for a number of reasons. Iran could be of some help to the United States in terms of regional negotiations on the Iraq war. So the sum flexibility with Iran may in the long run be helpful to us.
However our immediate concern is the
development of nuclear weapons. And either the
Iranians can curtail that development willingly
or the international community is going to do
it and continue to make them a pariah at a time
when Iran wants to step into the world in some
responsible fashion. So far they’re not
stepping up to that need and that cause.
Hemmer: Tim good to have you. Tim Roemer we’ll continue to digest this news too and possibly next hour talk.