Statement shows 70 nonproliferation specialists support Iran deal

The Arms Control Association (ACA) announced Tuesday that about 70 leading nonproliferation specialists in the area of nuclear threats have issued their support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to limit Iran's nuclear activity.

The JCPOA is an agreement that was made between China, France, Russia, Germany, the U.S., the U.K. and Iran that would impose limitations onto the latter's nuclear program and its capabilities in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.

“This statement from more than 70 of the world’s leading nonproliferation specialists underscores, as President Barack Obama recently noted, the majority of arms control and non-proliferation experts support the P5+1 and Iran nuclear deal,” ACA Executive Director Daryl Kimball said.

Included in the statement's signatories are former nuclear negotiators and nonproliferation specialists from within the U.S. government; current and former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials, including its former director-general, Hans Blix; and Jacquline Shire, a former United Nations Panel of Experts on Iran member. 

Within the statement they state that the JCPOA meets key requirements necessary and that they cannot conceive of a stronger prospective agreement. They urge leadership in signatory nations to approve of the JCPOA.

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