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LIGNET's Fred Fleitz: Still a Bad Deal

Sunday, 24 Nov 2013 01:02 AM

By Todd Beamon

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The agreement reached to give Iran $4.2 billion and limited relief from international sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program is "not as bad as it could be, but it's still bad," global intelligence expert Fred Fleitz told Newsmax on Sunday.

"There are real questions about it," said Fleitz, chief analyst and founder of LIGNET.com, a Newsmax subsidiary that specializes in global intelligence and forecasting. "The Iranians went further than I thought they would go, but it doesn't set back their program.

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"It freezes their ability to make at least three to five nuclear weapons, maybe more, out of the enriched uranium they have now. All they have to do is kick out the international inspectors, do a little re-piping of the centrifuge machines — and they're off to the races."

Under the agreement, Iran would agree to stop enriching uranium beyond 5 percent, The New York Times reports.  To do that, Iran would dismantle the links between its networks of centrifuges.

All of Iran’s uranium that has been enriched to 20 percent, which is nearly weapons-grade fuel, would be diluted or converted into oxide so that it could not be immediately used for military purposes, the Times reports.

No new centrifuges could be installed — and those that have been installed but are not operating could not be started up. Iran has more than 8,000 such centrifuges, the Times reports.

However, Iran would still be allowed to enrich uranium to a level of 3.5 percent, and Tehran would not be required to dismantle any of its existing centrifuges.

"Those things sound really good," Fleitz told Newsmax, "but an awful lot of things that [Secretary of State John] Kerry and President Obama said are just not right."

A major concern is that inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will not have full access to all of Iran's nuclear sites under the agreement, Fleitz said.

Of particular interest is the Parchin military base southeast of Tehran, where "Iran has allegedly done research on making a nuclear warhead," he said.

The Islamic Republic has long denied inspectors access to the base, according to news reports.

"Iran has every interest in going along with this deal," Fleitz concluded. "It keeps their nuclear program essentially intact — and then they can continue to negotiate a deal that suits them."

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