Nuclear Weapons Experts Warn Trump Against Abandoning Iran Deal

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

Backing out of the agreement would decrease the time it would take Iran to obtain enough material for a warhead.

In a joint statement, the experts said the 2015 agreement, negotiated by the Obama administration and the governments of Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation, was a "net plus for worldwide nuclear nonproliferation efforts". Iran is subject to regular inspections to monitor whether it adheres to those rules under the terms of the agreement.

Trump's disdain for Iran's behavior and the nuclear deal predates his presidency.

The inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would by no means have access to Iran's classified information, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday.

They also said the agreement made it "very likely that any possible future effort by Iran to pursue nuclear weapons, even a clandestine program, would be detected promptly".

The next and most consequential decision on the horizon is October 15, when Trump must decide whether Iran is fully complying with its commitments under the deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

If he waives sanctions again on Thursday, he may issue a strong statement condemning Iran or approving more sanctions on non-nuclear matters like terrorism support, ballistic missile testing or human rights.

They warned in their statement that "unilateral action by the United States, especially on the basis of unsupported contentions of Iranian cheating, would isolate the United States".

Last week, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley described the deal as a "very flawed and very limited agreement" and contended that "Iran has been caught in multiple violations over the past year and a half".

However, he understood that Trump may not be so keen on that option and suggested that the U.S. could curb the Regime without ending the deal by simply certifying Iran as noncompliant with the nuclear deal at the October deadline.

More than 80 nuclear nonproliferation specialists issued a joint statement Wednesday saying the agreement "has proven to be an effective and verifiable arrangement that is a net plus for global nuclear nonproliferation efforts".

The current nuclear deal is a failure; that is plain to see.

"The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the (deal) are being implemented", Amano said in the text of a speech to a quarterly meeting of the IAEA's 35-member Board of Governors.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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