Ya'akov Nagel, deputy chief of Israel's National Security Council (NSC), warned the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Wednesday about the dangers inherent in the Iran nuclear deal sealed by world powers the day before.
"The (version of the) final deal reached Israel just very shortly before the public (announcement of the) deal," explained Nagel. "Except for a few surprises, most of the deal was already known to us beforehand. The deal is a bad deal – and even a very bad deal compared to what we thought."
The security expert explained that "the bottom line is that Iran was permitted to continue enriching uranium on Iranian soil. What that means is that the centrifuges for enriching uranium will remain in Iran and will not be deconstructed. As of today Iran has ten tons of centrifuges to enrich uranium, but the deal speaks about that being limited to 300 kilograms with excess being sold on the free market."
Nagel added that the deal gives Iran a "permit to research and develop advanced centrifuges, which will allow Iran to significantly shorten the needed time to breakout to a nuclear weapon. Fifteen years from the deal all the limitations will be lifted on the enrichment of uranium."
Regarding the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which signed a "road map" deal with Iran on Tuesday to clarify the nuclear aspects of its nuclear program by the end of the year, Nagel said the agency previously "passed to Iran a list of 12 clauses connected to Iran's military (nuclear) developments."
"As of today, Iran has not responded to the request or given a response about the status of these clauses, and this topic was not included in the deal. If Iran doesn't give answers in the next four months, it will cast doubt as to the validity of the deal."
Nagel emphasized that the deal has numerous loopholes regarding the inspection of Iran's suspected nuclear weapons programs.
"IAEA inspectors can arrive at suspected sites, but that's only possible after a long period of 24 days," warned the security expert. "Other than a nuclear (detonation) experiment that can't be hidden within 24 days, everything else can be hidden."
The revelation is particularly significant in context of the covert Parchin military base, where Iran has admitted to testing exploding bridge wire nuclear detonators, and where the IAEA has reported nuclear weapons experiments were likely centered. Satellite photos have shown Iran has been modifying the site, possibly covering up evidence of ongoing nuclear tests.
In conclusion, Nagel said, "Iran hasn't abandoned and won't abandon its vision of military nuclear (power). Due to the deal, Iran will receive a huge amount of money in a thawing of the sanctions, which will allow Iran to increase its involvement in terror and obtain technological knowledge regarding nuclear (power)."