Twenty-nine of America’s outstanding scientists applauded President Barack Obama’s nuclear Iran deal, dubbing it “innovative and stringent” in fostering peace and security in the Middle East and serving “as a guidepost for future non-proliferation agreements.”
The scientists, mostly physicists, wrote a letter to Mr. Obama and described the Iran nuclear deal to be “equivalent to the military’s top secret security clearance.”
“This is an innovative agreement, with much more stringent constraints than any previously negotiated non-proliferation framework. It limits the level of enrichment of the uranium that Iran can produce, the amount of enriched uranium it can stockpile, and the number of kinds of centrifuges it can develop and operate,” read the letter sent to the New York Times.
One occurrence that may result from the deal is the fact that the restrictions would make enrichment of uranium [for weapon] tedious, according to the scientists, who also added that there are “innovative approaches to verification, including monitoring of uranium mining, milling and conversion to hexafluoride.”
The letter also contrasted the prior allegation that the nuclear Iran deal will allow the country to develop nuclear weapons without restrictions beyond 10 years.
“In contrast, we find the deal includes important long-term verification procedures that last until 2040, and others that last indefinitely under the NPT and its Additional Protocol,” the letter expounded.
“On the other hand, we do believe that it would be valuable to strengthen these durable international institutions,” the scientists continued explaining in the letter.
The 29 scientists, a few of whom received Nobel prizes and some being veteran manufacturers of nuclear weapons, recommended that Mr. Obama should collaborate with IAEA to arrive with an agreement that would implement JCPOA’s key innovations “into existing safeguard agreements.”
The letter concluded with a congratulatory line to Mr. Obama for coming up with a deal with Iran that would provide necessary assurance in the ensuing decades.