52 Total Quotes

Gary Samore Quotes

I hope the EU3 don't compromise. The draft resolution is excellent. We should force the Russians to vote,
Gary Samore
#Compromise

Iran is now much less worried about the US attacking them because of the mess in Iraq... They're testing the waters.
Gary Samore
#Iraq

No one thinks political pressure and modest sanctions are going to be very effective.
Gary Samore
#Effective

Iran has worked to curry favor with the Chinese and the Russians for the last 2 1/2 years because they were trying to build political protection at the [IAEA] board.
Gary Samore
#Chinese

Iran has to be nervous. They are half-way to the Security Council and they risk getting sent all the way.
Gary Samore
#Iran #Security Council

On the other hand, if Moscow promised to support referral after another deadline, I'd be willing to accept a short delay.
Gary Samore
#Moscow

The most interesting discussion is about political calculations and how Iran weighs the risks and benefits of acquiring nuclear weapons capability.
Gary Samore
#Iran

Whether it is by consensus or by vote, either way it ends up in New York.
Gary Samore
#Consensus #Vote

But there seems to be less agreement over whether it makes sense for Iran to actually produce a nuclear weapon.
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#Iran

[But such conclusions in Tehran are a high-stakes gamble, as is likely to be any Security Council response. Numerous safeguard violations over the past 20 years means that] until Iran restores confidence in its nuclear program, it should accept limits on activities that are dual use, and have military applications, ... There is a very strong legal case, [but] Council members are going to be very reluctant to impose significant sanctions on Iran.
Gary Samore
#Confidence #Conclusions #Security Council

I think the council will react very cautiously, very incrementally. It will take time, but there is no urgency. Iran is still a couple of years from having a nuclear-weapons capability, and there are some pretty significant technical problems.
Gary Samore
#Iran

We estimate, if everything goes right, if they throw all their effort into solving their problems, they might be able to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a single nuclear weapon within five years.
Gary Samore
#Weapons

The Russians and Chinese will back action, the question is what kind of action,
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#Russians

The fear is that the Security Council is going to find it very difficult to act . . . and that Iran will retaliate. Referral to the Security Council would lead to a confrontation.
Gary Samore
#Fear #Confrontation #Iran #Security Council

The Europeans, the Russians, the Chinese . . . don't want the issue to go to New York; only the U.S. does.
Gary Samore
#Russians #European

Iran has worked to curry favor with the Chinese and the Russians for the last 2 1/2 years because they were trying to build political protection at the [IAEA] board,
Gary Samore
#Iran #Russians

From Iran's point of view, the consensus at the IAEA was broken. It's an important victory for them,
Gary Samore
#Point Of View #Victory #Consensus #Iran

I don't see any choice. Since Iran has broken the political deal it reached with the IAEA board of governors, I think the board has no choice but to send it to New York,
Gary Samore
#Iran