CIA Confident It Would Catch Iran Cheating on Nuclear Deal

Official has "reasonably high degree of confidence" CIA would see "deviations."

ASPEN, Colorado — -- The number two man at the CIA said today he has a "high degree of confidence" that if Iran cheats on the newly-signed, controversial nuclear deal, the U.S. intelligence community would catch them in the act.

Robert Cardillo, head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, said that from the perspective of his agency, he agreed with Cohen.

"From the physical nature of that which they need to adhere to to remain complaint, I think we've got a very good capability to do that, of course with the IAEA's [International Atomic Energy Agency's] assistance," he said at the panel, which was moderated by ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross.

A couple hours after Cohen and Cardillo's comments, the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper addressed the issue, saying that no agreement could give the U.S. "100 percent certitude" that the intelligence agencies were seeing everything, but the deal was a "good thing" from an intelligence standpoint. Clapper said the intelligence community recently provided U.S. lawmakers with an annex spelling out "in excruciating detail" U.S. capabilities to monitor Iranian nuclear activity.

"The question is, how much and to what extent would they go to try and deceive us?... That remains to be seen," he said. "Is it 100 percent guaranteed? We couldn't say that... But [the deal] puts us in a far better place" when it comes to insight into the Iranian program.

The possibility Iran may try to cheat on the nuclear agreement -- one of the arguments made by critics against the deal -- has been in the mind of Obama and his top officials for months ahead of the signing of the deal.

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