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Nuclear Experts Support Obama's Iran Deal

| by Ethan Brown

President Barack Obama has received support from yet another group of nuclear energy and weapon experts, former government officials, and foreign policy experts who have released their own statement of confidence.

“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a strong, long-term, and verifiable agreement that will be a net-plus for international nuclear nonproliferation efforts,” the letter of support from the Arms Control Association read.

The letter, endorsed by top government officials such as Hans Blix, the former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Thomas Pickering, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel, was the third letter to be released by a large group of government employees and specialists over the last several weeks. Previously, 29 scientists in the nuclear energy field endorsed the deal and shortly after came the endorsement of generals and admirals in the U.S. military.

While the Obama administration has largely promoted the benefits that the United States will receive if the deal is passed, this most recent letter of support focuses more on America’s European allies.

“It (the Iran deal) advances the security interests of the P5+1 nations (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States), the European Union, their allies and partners in the Middle East, and the international community,” the letter continued.

The letter points out facts about the deal that the administration has used to defend it, such as the penalties Iran will face if they do not allow inspectors in past the 24 day deadline. However, critics of the deal have largely used this part of the plan to attack the deal, saying Iran will be able to maneuver any nuclear weaponry around during that three week phase. Those who wrote and endorsed the letter do not believe this to be the case.

“Taken together, these rigorous limits and transparency measures will make it very likely that any future effort by Iran to pursue nuclear weapons, even a clandestine program, would be detected promptly, providing the opportunity to intervene decisively to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” the letter said.

According to Politico, members of Congress will cast a first vote on the deal on Sept. 17, where the deal is expected to be voted down. However, Republicans and some Democrats who have united in their opposition of the deal may not have enough support to override President Obama’s expected veto.

Sources: Politico, ArmsControl.org

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