Top 37 US scientists ask Trump to abide by Iran nuclear deal

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… from Press TV,  Tehran

A younger Garwin in the laboratory

[ Editor’s NoteFinally we see an important scientific trade group standing up and doing what they are supposed to do, take some leadership in complex controversial issues where the public has been neutralized and exploited by professional smoke blowers.

Someone got to Trump early in the game to have him come out so strongly against the Iran nuclear deal. That he does not even understand it is shown by his dismissive attitude in brushing off the agreement as a “disaster”, with no details that he put forward so they could be refuted.

But we know they were the Republican Congressional ones which were rejected, and Trump was seen as the rube to carry this water for the Iran-hater Lobby to undo the vast amount of work put into exposing the hoaxed Iran nuclear weapons threat.

And second, Trump framed “the deal” as a US-Iran one, totally ignoring the P5+1 status of the agreement with a sweep of his hand, the kind of thing that a scriptwriter would write into a reality TV show, something which Mr. Trump has not been able to deprogram himself from, and may not want to. This has the seeds of making his presidency a disaster, a very real disaster.

VT salutes this group of scientists for putting all the other professional trade groups to shame for keeping their mouths shut so as to not risk their funding; a silence that far too many of them are guilty of engaging in. They have have not fulfilled their assumed duty of making sure our nuclear industry is used to protect us, and not become a threat to our national security due to insider corruption or incompetency. For example they have been completely silent on the mini-nuke scourge.

Clinton Bastin – also a giant in the industry

From just a security aspect, their remaining quiet as Israel pilfered, or was allowed to pilfer, our decommissioned weapons grade material is a huge scandal, and one only VT has had the courage to publish over and over.

The genesis of that had begun with our briefings from our own Clinton Bastion here with me in Atlanta, the 40 year veteran of the Atomic Energy Commission and the Dept. of Energy.

He exposed the entire fraud of the virual annuity created for the hugely expensive storage cost of dangerous material that the Chemical Engineers had wanted to eliminate by reprocessing some 98% of that material so it could be reused over and over. But that threatened the contractor lobby looking at a never ending cash flow from “protecting us” from the dangerous material.


The chemical engineers were defeated when they were eliminated from being head of the agency, replaced by academics who had never had any industry hands on experience. They were more politically sensitive to the demands of the nuclear industry that felt its commercial interests should come at the expense of the public’s. As Gordon always says, “Welcome to how the world really works”Jim W. Dean ]

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Where are all the other Garwins when we need them? Maybe now people can see what real leadership is.

– First published …  January 03,  2017

Thirty-seven top US scientists, including some of the world’s leading experts in the fields of nuclear science and arms control, have written to President-elect Donald Trump, calling on him to abide by the nuclear agreement with Iran when he takes office on January 20.

“We urge you to preserve this critical US strategic asset,” reads the letter, which was sent to Trump on Monday, according to The New York Times.

The signatories included Nobel laureates, original designers of nuclear weapons, former White House science advisers, and the chief executive of the world’s largest general society of scientists. The body of the letter praises the technical features of the Iran accord, and asks Trump to abide by it.

The scientists said in the letter that their objective was to “provide our assessment of the current status” of the deal which they argued provided a safeguard against Iran’s possible future attempts to build a nuclear bomb.

Iran and the P5+1 group – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – reached the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in July 2015.

The scientists underscored that Iran has remained fully committed to its obligations under the JCPOA, including the cessation of enrichment activities and the export of enriched uranium, and concluded that the country would now need “many months” instead of “just a few weeks” to enrich uranium to produce weapons.

The letter stipulated that the JCPOA also “lowered the pressure felt by Iran’s neighbors to develop their own nuclear weapons options.”

Iran has all along highlighted the peaceful nature of its nuclear program, saying it has never had any intention to use it for military purposes. Also,  Iran says it is forbidden to use weapons of mass destruction from a religious standpoint, as highlighted on many occasions by the country’s spiritual leaders.

Under the deal, Tehran agreed to limit some aspects of its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions.

But during his campaign prior to the November 8 presidential election, Trump promised to annul the deal. He called the pact a “disaster” and “the worst deal ever negotiated.” He also said that the agreement could lead to a “nuclear holocaust.”

In a speech to the main Israeli lobbying group in the US, AIPAC, Trump declared that his “No. 1 priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal” and argued that Iran had outmaneuvered the US in winning concessions.

The three-page letter was organized by Richard L. Garwin, a physicist who helped design the world’s first hydrogen bomb and has long advised US governments on arms control.

Most of the 37 scientists who signed the letter are physicists, including Richard L. Garwin, IBM Fellow Emeritus; Robert J. Goldston, Princeton University; Siegfried S. Hecker, Stanford University; Martin Hellman, Stanford University; Rush D. Holt, American Association for the Advancement of Science; R. Scott Kemp, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Frank von Hippel, Princeton University.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program.

Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Similar to how 1,100+ attorneys now oppose Trump’s attorney general nominee, there are at least 1,100+ economists who would oppose U.S. withdrawal from the P5+1 JCPOA with Iran, because withdrawal would cause severe economic injury to U.S. workers & businesses. Not so paradoxically, Israelis would also lose.

    With or without the U.S., JCPOA will survive. If the U.S. does withdraw from JCPOA, then EU, UK, BRICS & other nations will benefit economically. Even probable Trump adviser Kissinger sees this, since he too knows that we now live in a multipolar geopolitical & economic world.

    U.S. & other sanctions against Iran (and Russia) were a roadblock to better global economic & banking systems. If Trump is not quite as ignorant as he sometimes looks, Trump too will soon see the light.

  2. If you backtrack on an existing deal then what is the next agreement worth? Absolutely nothing, since you can backtrack again sometime in the future. Now given that the fat repulsive orange guy is an obvious Israeli stooge, it’s pretty certain he’ll be backtracking multiple times. Seriously, I hope the Iranians tell him to go hell… and to take that sorry excuse for a nation called Israel with him.

    • Amen on this. Nothing Trump would sign would be worth squat any more. It’s hard to believe that he and his crew cannot figure this out, so that leaves their not really caring, wanting the chaos as they see that as the best path forward. So we have to put ourselves in their shoes and look for what they want to use that for. His doing this will just continue to pour fuel on the fire on the development of sanctions barriers, multi-currency trading and new settlement systems with firewalls in them to block the US gangsters and banksters. My bet is that they big ones will eventually start issuing their own federal reserve type debt, copy our SS scam where funds go in but they are borrowed out for current expenditures, but used to fund major infrastructure projects, which is really the only place for funding of the mega silk road project. The trick is to keep foreign debt down. See how much Iran has already reduced its debt, and during the last few turbulent years.

  3. Just yesterday I heard Trump pontificating about how disastrous the Iran deal is for both America and Israel. It’s hard to say whose worse him or Obama who is doing his best to ignite WW III before he pirouettes off into the sunset. I think it was Jim Morrison who said “it’s the only solution isn’t it amazing…” One of my advisers has told me to not to spell it out anymore and I won’t but I shouldn’t have too…

  4. A nuclear holocaust would wipe out all Palestinians and Israelis, together with huge chunks of Lebanese, Jordanian, Saudi, Syrian and Egyptian souls. How could that be a policy or stance of any Middle East country? Or any country at all? (except maybe the usual nuclear bombthrowers). And what was the only thing connecting the original G.Bush axis-of-evil countries? The only thing that connected those three (Syria-Iran-N.Korea) was that neither of those recognized Israel, that was their only political sin.

  5. Trump can wreck his Legacy inside of his first.month as POTUS,. It would be an inexcusable nonmistake, as he should know better. The only entity to profit if the Iran deal is trashed is Israel.
    To ignore the effects of the nuclear energy business and it’s failures is treason. Fukishima, 3 mile Island, San Dima storage, depleted uranium munitions, and the list is long.
    Why has nuclear energy accepted as soon important that tax payers everywhere must subsidise the costs? It is anything but clean, efficient energy. The only area that nuclear fission is efficient in is death.
    To continue the existence of this beast the corporations, and states assasinate men and women across the world. The industry wrecks careers, and family. Orphans deformed by radiation are warehoused out from sight and, therefore don’t exist. Every person who supports this monster should be forced to adopt a child effected by the “side effects” of radiation.
    The crimes go unpunished, the guilty are free to prosper. Our courts are bought and paid for. Ignorance reigns, it’s bliss. Humans are the only biological species willing to pay for it’s own demise. Please keep on talking about this bad joke.

    • Nuclear power is safe, clean, and energy efficient. What you are spouting off is propaganda from the other energy industries that should have been put out of business by nuclear power by now.

      If thorium-based reactors were in use all across the country, we would be in a lot better place.

      Do you think we’d be putting nuclear reactors on submarines, etc. if it weren’t safe, clean, and efficient?

  6. The late John W. Gofman, M.D., Ph.D. (1918-2007) would also have signed this statement had he still been alive. He was a top chemistry student at Oberlin College in Cleveland, Ohio, 1939. His chemistry teacher there told him he must go to UC Berkeley where he earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear and Physical Chemistry under Glen Seaborg, Ph.D. in 1943 and an M.D. degree from the medical school at UC San Francisco in 1946. He made seminal contributions to the basic physics and chemistry of all the many areas he worked in during his fabulous career. Not only was he a great scientist but he had a conscience as well and did not mince words with lying politicians seeking to risk public health and safety for short term selfish gains. He was considered the world authority in radiation and public health. He even went up against his own supervisor Glen Seaborg, Chairman of the AEC, for exaggerated claims of the safety of nuclear energy and public health. He was associate medical director of the entire Lawrence Livermore Lab. In addition to being a professor of Cell Biology at Berkeley. Reprisals were taken against him for his strong positions against exaggerated claims of safety by government political hacks.

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