"When they're enriching uranium to 20 per cent, when they've got the volume of materials. … When you're putting all the ingredients in front of you, it obviously wouldn't take long to make the decision to do it," he said.
"They're certainly moving to be able to be in that position, then they could certainly dash to the end which could be done in as few as nine or as many as 18 months."
Baird called the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran "unfathomable," and said it would inevitably lead to nuclear proliferation right across the region, which the minister said is a concern for the entire planet.
"The real concern is what would it do to security in the region," he said. "And frankly, Arab states are just as concerned as Israel is with a nuclear-armed Iran...you also look at the potential for proliferation — other countries wanting to acquire nuclear weapons to protect themselves from the threat of Iran."
Baird is lamenting that Iran may have what is called a threshold capacity for nuclear weapons. This means that country is technologically capable of producing a viable nuclear weapon within a few months of taking the decision to make one. Guess what? Canada also sits in that boat, and so does virtually every country in the world with technological means to make nuclear energy. This is not news. This nothing but fear mongering for the for all those domestic interests that would see Canada get stuck into another deadly mess of stupid for fear and loathing based rationales that defy reason and evidence.
What Baird will never say are things like this. Baird also won't talk about why Iran might want to develop a threshold capacity for nuclear weapons for regional strategic reasons. Indeed, I am half surprised some Conservative backbencher hasn't proposed a policy change arguing for Canadian nukes, you know, to meet the threat from Iran or something.