August 18, 2015 | Associated Press

US Officials Say They Can Tell If Iran Is Cheating On Deal

Despite a track record of misjudgments about weapons of mass destruction, U.S. intelligence officials say they are confident they can verify Iran's compliance with the recently completed nuclear deal.

The main reason, according to a classified joint intelligence assessment presented to Congress, is that the deal requires Iran to provide an unprecedented volume of information about nearly every aspect of its existing nuclear program, which Iran insists is peaceful. That data will make checking on compliance easier, officials say, because it will shrink Iran's capacity to hide a covert weapons program. 

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The CIA has never had much success developing and keeping good intelligence sources in Iran, says Reuel Marc Gerecht, who worked as a CIA operations officer.

“The truth is that the CIA and the NSA are largely flying blind inside the Islamic Republic on the nuclear question,” he wrote recently in the Weekly Standard.

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