JERUSALEM, Israel - Iran could get a nuclear bomb because of loopholes in the translation of an official agreement with the United States, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Dore Gold warned.
Just minutes after Iran, the United States and other world powers signed the Geneva Accord on Nov. 24, they disagreed on what the document said.
After the Geneva meeting, Gold examined what the United States said about the agreement and what the Iranians said. He briefed diplomats and journalists at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
"So my team started translating statements by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who said 'dismantling our nuclear facilities, that's a red line.' So there's a huge gap that's coming down the road," Gold said during the briefing.
Gold said the gap includes a major difference on sanctions. After the signing, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the "architecture of the sanctions remains in place."
"What does Rouhani, the president of Iran, say in Farsi, the Persian language? He says the exact opposite," Gold noted. "He says 'No, we're going to fracture the architecture of the sanctions' using the American term.'"
Americans and Capitol Hill share Gold's skepticism about the agreement.
A new poll from Pew Research Center found 43 percent of Americans disapprove of the accord, and 62 percent say Iranian leaders aren't serious about addressing international concerns about their nuclear program.
On Capitol Hill, there's bipartisan support for a bill authorizing more sanctions on Iran. The White House and Iran object to that legislation and Iran's foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif says if Congress approves any new sanctions the Geneva deal is dead.
"We do not like to negotiate under duress," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Time Magazine.
Gold believes the West needs to know what Iran is doing.
"Those of us who sit in the Middle East and see what Iran is doing on the ground, what few people know is that the bloodbath in Syria is being both directed and manned by Iranian soldiers coming from the Quds force, the overseas unit of the Revolutionary Guards. Now if you want a stable relationship between Iran and the West, Iran has to cut out this behavior," Gold said.
Gold also warned Iran is going the way of another rogue regime.
"I'm convinced that they will do what North Korea did, which is to evict the inspectors, to say the world is weak and 'we can do whatever we want,'" Gold said.
"I know this is politically incorrect, but if you want a safe and secure world you don't give the most dangerous weapons to the most dangerous regimes," he warned.
Given the different interpretations from the Geneva Accord, experts believe Iran feels it has a green light to pursue a nuclear bomb.