100 national security experts draft statement urging Trump to maintain nuclear deal with Iran

A statement drafted on Monday by over 100 US military experts and diplomats advised US President Donald Trump to maintain the nuclear deal with Iran. The letter, titled “Keep the Iran Deal — 10 Good Reasons Why,” claimed withdrawing from the agreement would not benefit the US or the region’s security.
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Over 100 national security experts have advised US President Donald Trump to avoid withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. The group, which includes retired US military officers, diplomats and four former American ambassadors to Israel, told the president that scrapping the deal “would serve no national security purpose.”

In a statement released on Monday, the experts detailed 10 reasons for maintaining the pact with the Islamic republic, which Trump had previously called “the worst deal” ever. According to the group, staying committed to the agreement would enhance US security.

Among the reasons listed was that the deal would prevent Tehran from moving toward a nuclear weapon. "Iran will be prohibited from exceeding severe limits on its nuclear program under continuing, unprecedented international monitoring,” the group wrote. “If there is no follow-on agreement that maintains constraints on Iran and if Iran should move toward acquiring a nuclear weapon, nothing prevents the U.S. from taking action.”

The experts also claimed that Iran, as well as countries such as North Korea, Russia and China, would be “denied the opportunity to claim they are true guardians of international order.” Addressing the North Korean issue, the statement claimed maintaining the deal would also benefit the US in future diplomacy efforts. “North Korea could not claim that the U.S. abrogates agreements without cause and would be more likely to negotiate an end to its nuclear program,” read the statement. "Efforts to limit nuclear proliferation would be strengthened.”

As reported by JOL earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to warn against maintaining the deal in its current form. “Many countries in the Middle East are saying that they are also allowed to enrich uranium if Iran is allowed to do so,” said Netanyahu. “Therefore, the way to prevent this danger, the nuclearization of the Middle East, is to either thoroughly correct the agreement or abrogate it.”



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