Biden: 'Path has already been paved' for Iran to get the bomb

Vice President Joe Biden told a policy group in Washington that the "path has already been paved' for Iran to reduce it's breakout time to get a nuclear weapon to 3 months.

Biden is trying to argue that with a deal, that time period would be extended.

Washington Examiner:

ran would have enough enriched uranium within three months to be able to make up to eight nuclear weapons if negotiations with the international community blow up, Vice President Joe Biden said late Thursday, noting that "the path has already been paved" for that outcome.

Biden's remarks at a dinner for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy played off concerns by critics, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that the Obama administration is negotiating an agreement that paves the path for Iran to get a nuclear weapon.

"Let's get something straight so we don't kid each other," Biden said. "They already have paved a path to a bomb's worth of material. Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal."

President Obama and other administration officials have insisted that any agreement stemming from the framework announced April 2 in Lausanne, Switzerland, would put Iran at least a year away from obtaining a nuclear weapon for at least 10 years, though Obama has admitted Iran could develop one more quickly after the deal expires.

Critics have noted that this is an apparent backing down from Obama's stated position that he would not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, but Biden said that policy still stands.

"President Obama, decided for the first time — people forget this — to make it an explicit, declared policy of the United States of America, no such policy existed before President Obama uttered it — that all instruments of American power to prevent — not contain, not contain — to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran would be used to prevent that from happening," Biden said.

Biden, nor any other American, can say with any confidence just how close Iran is to being able to make a bomb.Iran believes that the framework nuclear deal allows them to install the next generation of centrifuges which enrich uranium at 16 times the speed of their current set up. If that would occur, Iran could pull out of the deal and have nukes within weeks. That hardly fulfills the president's promise that the deal would keep Iran a year away from being able to build a bomb.

The president has already backed off much of the deal he outlined in his "Fact Sheet," which puts few limits on Iran's ability to enrich uranium or develop missile technology to marry the bomb with an ICBM. With Biden continuing to present the fantasy that we've got Iran in some kind of box, the final deal is likely to be even weaker than the framework agreement negotiated early last month.. 

Vice President Joe Biden told a policy group in Washington that the "path has already been paved' for Iran to reduce it's breakout time to get a nuclear weapon to 3 months.

Biden is trying to argue that with a deal, that time period would be extended.

Washington Examiner:

ran would have enough enriched uranium within three months to be able to make up to eight nuclear weapons if negotiations with the international community blow up, Vice President Joe Biden said late Thursday, noting that "the path has already been paved" for that outcome.

Biden's remarks at a dinner for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy played off concerns by critics, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that the Obama administration is negotiating an agreement that paves the path for Iran to get a nuclear weapon.

"Let's get something straight so we don't kid each other," Biden said. "They already have paved a path to a bomb's worth of material. Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal."

President Obama and other administration officials have insisted that any agreement stemming from the framework announced April 2 in Lausanne, Switzerland, would put Iran at least a year away from obtaining a nuclear weapon for at least 10 years, though Obama has admitted Iran could develop one more quickly after the deal expires.

Critics have noted that this is an apparent backing down from Obama's stated position that he would not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, but Biden said that policy still stands.

"President Obama, decided for the first time — people forget this — to make it an explicit, declared policy of the United States of America, no such policy existed before President Obama uttered it — that all instruments of American power to prevent — not contain, not contain — to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran would be used to prevent that from happening," Biden said.

Biden, nor any other American, can say with any confidence just how close Iran is to being able to make a bomb.Iran believes that the framework nuclear deal allows them to install the next generation of centrifuges which enrich uranium at 16 times the speed of their current set up. If that would occur, Iran could pull out of the deal and have nukes within weeks. That hardly fulfills the president's promise that the deal would keep Iran a year away from being able to build a bomb.

The president has already backed off much of the deal he outlined in his "Fact Sheet," which puts few limits on Iran's ability to enrich uranium or develop missile technology to marry the bomb with an ICBM. With Biden continuing to present the fantasy that we've got Iran in some kind of box, the final deal is likely to be even weaker than the framework agreement negotiated early last month..