TODAY   |  November 25, 2013

Some officials skeptical about Iran nuclear deal

A deal on Iran’s nuclear program has been solidified, temporarily freezing the country’s activity while easing some sanctions, but some officials say they do not trust the country to go along with the deal. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>> now to politics. the fall out with the historic nuclear deal with iran . critics are already lining up. andrea mitchell is on the story this morning. andrea, good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, savannah. the iran deal came together after a year after secret talks between top u.s. officials and iran all without the knowledge of israel or other key american allies. in the wake of the iran deal the big question this morning, what next?

>> it's the effort to get the comprehensive agreement which will require enormous steps in terms of verification, transparency and accountability.

>> reporter: the agreement freezes the nuclear program for six months. in return iran gets what the white house calls modest sanctions relief.

>> the burden is on iran to prove to the world that it's nuclear program will be exclusively for peaceful purposes.

>> reporter: but israel 's prime minister quickly condemned the agreement.

>> it's a historic mistake.

>> reporter: the president called netanyahu sunday but they disagree on the threat and the goal. the obama administration wants to prevent them from developing a nuclear weapon but netanyahu wants to stop them from having the capability to event produce one.

>> we think it's important to keep the pressure up. not to ease pressure before you get them through the heavy lifting before they dismantle their reactor.

>> reporter: on this saudi arabia agrees with israel and many worry the threat isn't diminished.

>> i just want to see this all the way through. they now have nuclear weapons and i don't want to see that happen in iran .

>> reporter: even some experts remain skeptical.

>> you're not going to know how significant, whether this is the historic break through many claimed or a historic mistake for at least another six months.

>> andrea, you mentioned there were secret talks that went on with u.s. officials and iranian counter parts. what can you tell us about that?

>> well, they were lead in the gulf country and all without the knowledge of the arab leaders, israel and the western powers as well. israel , netanyahu was told by the president in september and that's why he has been so fiercely angry at the united states . that as well as the saudis.

>> thank you so much.