Arms con­trol ex­perts urge Trump to honor Iran nu­clear deal

Iran Daily - - National -

The sign­ers of the state­ment urg­ing Mr. Trump to re­spect the agree­ment are ex­perts in nu­clear non­pro­lif­er­a­tion diplo­macy from around the world.

They in­cluded Nobuyasu Abe, com­mis­sioner of the Ja­pan Atomic En­ergy Com­mis­sion; Hans Blix, for­mer di­rec­tor gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency, Thomas E. Shea, a for­mer safe­guards of­fi­cial at the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency; and Thomas M. Coun­try­man, a for­mer as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state for in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity and non­pro­lif­er­a­tion.

The state­ment was or­ga­nized by the Arms Con­trol As­so­ci­a­tion, a dis­ar­ma­ment ad­vo­cacy group based in Wash­ing­ton.

Kelsey Daven­port, the di­rec­tor for non­pro­lif­er­a­tion pol­icy at the Arms Con­trol As­so­ci­a­tion, ex­pressed worry that if the ad­min­is­tra­tion aban­doned the Iran agree­ment, any pos­si­bil­ity of in­duc­ing North Korea to ne­go­ti­ate would be lost.

“Given that we are al­ready strug­gling to con­tain the North Korean nu­clear and mis­sile cri­sis, it would be ex­tremely un­wise for the president to ini­ti­ate steps that could un­ravel the highly suc­cess­ful 2015 Iran nu­clear deal, which would cre­ate a sec­ond ma­jor non­pro­lif­er­a­tion cri­sis,” she said.

The above ar­ti­cle was taken from The New York Times.

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