NBC's Meet the Press
30 March 2008
CIA Director General Michael Hayden today suggested that Iran continues to develop its nuclear weapon program. General Hayden spoke on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Below is the transcript of Tim Russert's questions and Hayden’s answers regarding Iran’s nuclear program:
“MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe the Iranians are trying to develop a nuclear program?
GEN. HAYDEN: I--personal...
MR. RUSSERT: Yes.
GEN. HAYDEN: Personal belief? Yes. It's hard for me to explain. And, you know, this is not court of law stuff. This is, this is, you know, in terms of beyond all reasonable doubt, this is, this is Mike Hayden looking at the body of evidence. OK. Why would the Iranians be willing to pay the international tariff they appear willing to pay for what they're doing now if they did not have, at a minimum, at a minimum, if they did not have the desire to keep the option open to, to develop a nuclear weapon and perhaps even more so, that they've already decided to do that? It's very difficult for us to judge intent, and so we have to work back from actions. Why the continuing production of fissile material, and Natanz? They say it's for civilian purposes, and yet the, the planet, the globe, states around the world have offered them fissile material under controls so they can have their, their, their civilian nuclear program. But the Iranians have rejected that. I mean, when you start looking at that, and you get, not just the United States, but you get the U.N. Security Council imposing sanctions on them, why would they go through that if it were not to develop the technology that would allow them to create fissile material not under international control?”
[For the full transcript, see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23866794/page/4/]