James Woolsey
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Iran is using the same tactics as Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany to expand their empire, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director James Woolsey stated Monday - by reviving imperialism through ideology. 

"They are doing it on a highly ideological basis," Woolsey said in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box." "They are an imperial power and trying to become more of an imperial power."

As such, he added, "given Iran's aggressiveness and the fanaticism of its leaders, I don't think we can do a reasonable deal with them.They'll cheat."

Despite the evidence, Woolsey theorized that US President Barack Obama will continue the negotiations process - if anything, for personal reasons. 

"I think the president wants a good relationship with Iran and an agreement so he can claim a diplomatic victory," he said. 

Woolsey's comments surface less than 24 hours after reports emerged that a provisional agreement on key elements of Iran’s nuclear program had been reached.

Western diplomats in talks in Switzerland said that Iran had "more or less" agreed to slash the number of its centrifuge machines “by more than two-thirds” and to ship abroad “most of its stockpile of nuclear material.”

Senior security sources in Israel echoed Woolsey's fears Monday morning, telling Walla! News that the US is effectively letting terror spread unchecked. 

"We also know that the United States will ignore the topic of Iran's (nuclear) development proliferation and distribution of weapons, and its involvement in terrorism in the Middle East," one source assessed. "This deal won't prevent Iran from spreading terror and becoming a nuclear state."