Former top national security officials urge Trump to stick to Iran nuclear deal


Former top national security officials urge Trump to stick to Iran nuclear deal
  1. Former top national security officials urge Trump to stick to Iran nuclear deal
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    (JTA) A bipartisan array of former top national security officials urged President Donald Trump to stick to the Iran nuclear deal, saying that war with Iran is “more imaginable” today than it has been in five years. The statement was published Tuesday on the website of the magazine of The National Interest, a conservative think tank. It was responding to reports that Trump may refuse to certify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which trades sanctions relie…
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(JTA) A bipartisan array of former top national security officials urged President Donald Trump to stick to the Iran nuclear deal, saying that war with Iran is “more imaginable” today than it has been in five years.

The statement was published Tuesday on the website of the magazine of The National Interest, a conservative think tank. It was responding to reports that Trump may refuse to certify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which trades sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran’s nuclear program, when the next assessment period comes around in October.

“The international agreement with Iran continues to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. No American national security objective would be served by withdrawing from it as long as Iran is meeting the agreement’s requirements,” read the statement. signed by nearly 50 men and women who are either former senior officials of the U.S. government or prominent national security leaders who have not held senior government positions.

“To the contrary,” the letter continues, “given continuing assurance by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Iran is in compliance with the agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), such a unilateral act would have grave long term political and security consequences for the United States.”

The signers recommend a “comprehensive policy toward Iran that furthers U.S. national security interests,” including American leadership in the JCPOA; a follow-up agreement that would extend terms of the deal farther into the future; and an additional consultative body on major disputes in the area.

The letter also suggests establishing a regular channel of communication at a senior level between the U.S. and Iran, and regular consultations among U.S. allies and partners in the region to share information and coordinate strategies.

They warn that a U.S. rejection of the JCPOA could push Iran to return to its pre-agreement nuclear enrichment program under far weaker international monitoring.

Trump last month recertified Iran’s adherence to the 2015 deal brokered by President Barack Obama. But he did so reluctantly, at the urging of his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster; his defense secretary, James Mattis…

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