Iran warns US against seizing newly released ship
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Iran warns US against seizing newly released ship


MELISSA: THREATENING SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES. TEHRAN WARNING THE U.S. AGAINST INTERFERENCE AFTER AN IRANIAN TANKER SEIZED BY BRITISH ROYAL MARINES IN JULY WAS RELEASED FROM DETENTION OFF GIBRALTAR, IS HEADING TOWARDS GREECE. PETER BROOKES, HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND FORMER DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE. THANKS FOR JOINING US. A LOT OF PEOPLE SPECULATED WE WOULDN’T SEE THE BRITISH TANKER RELEASED UNTIL THE UK’S TANKER IS RELEASED HOLDING ON TO, THAT IT WOULD BE A SIMULTANEOUS THING. THAT APPEARS NOT TO BE THE CASE RIGHT? THE UK TANKER IS IN CUSTODY, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS?>>I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A SIMULTANEOUS RELEASE. IT DIDN’T HAPPEN THAT WAY. I UNDERSTAND FROM OFFICIAL REPORTS, NEWS REPORTS THAT THE BRITS DO HAVE ASSURANCES FROM IRANIANS THAT THEIR TANKER WILL BE RELEASED. I EXPECT THAT WILL HAPPEN IN SHORT ORDER. THE, MAY HAVE BEEN PART OF THE AGREEMENT THAT IT WOULD BE ONE AND THEN THE OTHER. SO THIS, IN THIS SENSE WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS OVER THE COMING DAYS, MELISSA. WHETHER IRANIANS DO MEET THEIR PART OF THE BARGAIN. MELISSA: YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHY THE DEAL WAS STRUCK THIS WAY. IT SEEMS TO THE NAKED YES WOULD MAKE THE IRANIANS LIKE THEY WERE IN A STRONGER POSITION OR MAYBE THAT IS WHAT IS DESIGNED TO LOOK LIKE, OR THAT IS NOT THE CASE, THAT IS THE SIGNAL THEY WANT TO SEND? HOW DO YOU READ INTO THAT?>>IRAN IS VERY WEAK BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES THEY FACE. MAXIMUM PRESSURE CAMPAIGN OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST THEM. BEING AUTHORITARIAN GOVERNMENT, INTERNAL PRESSURES THAT THEY FACE. I THINK THEY WANT TO DO THIS. PROBABLY, VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR THEM, FOR THEIR DOMESTIC AUDIENCE. INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE WILL SEE IT FOR WHAT IT IS AS LONG AS A BRITISH TANKER IS RELEASED. FOR THE DOMESTIC AUDIENCE TO LOOK STRONG INTERNATIONALLY IN FACE OF INTERNAL WEAKNESSES. MELISSA: HAVE THANKS CALMED DOWN IN THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ? HAS IT BECOME DISTRACTED OR IS IT CALMER?>>WE HAVE BEEN DISTRACTED. THERE IS A LOT OF TENSION. THERE IS POSSIBILITY OF A CRISIS. THERE IS LOT OF THINGS GOING ON WITH SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT IN THE AIR, THAT COULD LEAD TO CRISIS NEXT TIME. IRAN MAY BE REEVALUATING THEIR STRATEGY. THEY ATTACKED SIX TANKERS. SEIZED THREE. SHOT DOWN AN AMERICAN DRONE. THERE IS LOT OF ATTENTION GOING ON THERE, MAYBE THEY REEVALUATE THE SITUATION. IRANIANS SAID NO WAY THEY NEGOTIATE WITH THE UNITED STATES UNLESS IT IS GOING BACK TO THE 2015 JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION OR IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. MELISSA: WHILE YOU’RE HERE, I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE MYSTERY ABOUT THE EXPLOSION IN RUSSIA. IT IS DEEPENING, FOUR NUCLEAR MONITORING STATIONS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO DETECT RADIATION HAVE GONE SILENT THAT LEAVES A LOT OF US WONDERING HAVE THEY BEEN TURNED OFF SO THEY ARE NOT REPORTING RADIATION OR DID THEY SIZZLE BECAUSE OF THE RADIATION ITSELF, WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>I THINK WE’RE LOOKING AT RADIOACTIVE SILENCE OR RADIO SCIENCE AS YOU SAID IN THE LEAD-UP TO THIS. RUSSIANS ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS. THIS IS A NUCLEAR POWERED CRUISE MISSILE, A VERY BAD IDEA FOR A WEAPONS PROGRAM, BECAUSE IT WOULD RELEASE RADIOACTIVITY OVER ANYBODY IT FLEW OVER THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THIS WEAPONS SYSTEM HAS FAILED. THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT RADIOACTIVE RELEASE. THERE HASN’T BEEN MUCH REPORTING OF THIS, ALTHOUGH I DID HEAR ABOUT A NORWEGIAN STATION TALKING ABOUT IT. NOBODY LIKES RADIOACTIVITY. IT WILL RUIN YOUR DAY, CERTAINLY. PEOPLE ARE REMINDED OF 1986 IN CHERNOBYL. FOR THIS REGIME, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY ALSO LOST A SUBMARINE LAST MONTH. IF YOU REMEMBER, WE MAY NOT HAVE TALKED A LOT ABOUT IT HERE ON THE AIR BUT THEY LOST ONE, FOR AUTHORITARIAN REGIME, TO LOOK LIKE IT IS NOT ABLE TO MAINTAIN ITS MILITARY PROGRAM AND

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