Top Scientists Urge Trump to Abide by Iran Nuclear Deal

Jan 8, 2017

By William J. Broad

Dozens of the nation’s top scientists wrote to President-elect Donald J. Trump on Monday to urge him not to dismantle the Iran deal, calling it a strong bulwark against any Iranian bid to make nuclear arms.

“We urge you to preserve this critical U.S. strategic asset,” the letter read. The 37 signatories included Nobel laureates, veteran makers of nuclear arms, former White House science advisers and the chief executive of the world’s largest general society of scientists.

During the campaign, Mr. Trump called the Iran accord “the worst deal ever negotiated.” In a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group, he declared that his “No. 1 priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal” and argued that Tehran had outmaneuvered Washington in winning concessions and could still develop nuclear arms when the pact’s restrictions expire in 15 years.


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10 comments on “Top Scientists Urge Trump to Abide by Iran Nuclear Deal

  • Like the rest of Trump’s campaign one-liners, (“I will build a wall and make Mexico pay for it”, “NAFTA is a disaster”, “we’re going to repeal Obamacare on day 1”), his pledge to scrap the Iran nuclear deal was a fantasy, something to make him sound like a tough guy. Unless he actually wants a nuclear-armed Iran, (and at this stage I wouldn’t put anything past him), then this deal is obviously the best option to reduce nuclear profileration and greatly enhance the chance for peace in the region.

    My politics lie somewhat to the left of Bernie Sanders, however I nevertheless try to treat others with respect, even when they don’t share my political views. “I don’t agree with you but I will defend your right to say it” (though perhaps not quite “to the death” as Voltaire would have it :).

    Do you support Ted Cruz? I think he’s a rightwing nutjob, but I still give you the benefit of the doubt.

    But I simply cannot treat Trump supporters with anything other than contempt. They are idiots, and they have dragged the rest of the country, and indeed the world, down to their level. I am both furious and sad at the same time. During the campaign Trump alternated between acting like a pig and a fool, and still they lapped it up. The only reason I can find is that they are racist or misogynist, or possible both. A pox on the lot of them.



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  • He (they) will try to scrap the Iran deal. He meant that. They will repeal the ACA and replace it with something worse (market driven), will try to privatize medicare and SS, the VA. We are in the hands of an autocrat, a corrupt and deceitful fascist. Don’t kid yourselves. Trump and his team are libertarian savages, jingoists, racists, oligarchs, liars and monsters. Trump et al has put together the most dangerous administration to date, and we are in deep shit. Deep, deep shit.

    (Trump just hired his son-in-law. He’s his senior advisor.)

    Corporate run television news is virtually bankrupt; they are not discussing the real dangers we are facing – except here and there. Meanwhile, Trump’s propaganda machine, with the help of Russia, perhaps, will become more and more pervasive, insidious and far-reaching.

    Fascism: an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization. (Oxford Dictionary)

    Fascism is coming to the USA!!!!!



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  • Dan

    (Trump just hired his son-in-law. He’s his senior advisor.)

    But Dan! He’s going to solve the problem of the Middle East! Didn’t you know that?!!
    ~snort~

    Jeezis. We’re so screwed.

    Prediction: They will scrap the Iran deal and Kushner the extremist zionist will attempt to “negotiate” and the third intifada will explode out from the occupied territories.



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  • But Dan! He’s going to solve the problem of the Middle East!

    That’t true, Laurie. At least we have that silver lining amidst all the horror. Young Kushner is a bright, capable, and conscientious young man – and is just the person to solve that problem. Between Kushner and that eminent gentleman Mr. Friedman we can’t go wrong; and that will be one less problem we have to worry about! My mother’s already celebrating – perhaps a bit prematurely – the liberation of the Palestinians.

    (For those who don’t know me, I am…uh, kidding.)



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  • @OP – Top Scientists Urge Trump to Abide by Iran Nuclear Deal

    Meanwhile – Top ethics advisor says Trump needs to sort out his conflicts of interest!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38591754

    The director of the US Office of Government Ethics has criticised Donald Trump’s plan to hand control of his business empire to his sons before his inauguration on 20 January.

    The plan does not match the “standards” of US presidents over the last 40 years, Walter Shaub said.

    A Trump lawyer said earlier the new trust would face “severe restrictions” on new deals.

    But Mr Shaub said the plan would not remove conflicts of interest.

    “Every president in modern times has taken the strong medicine of divestiture,” he said, referring to a process whereby Mr Trump would sell off his corporate assets and put the profits into a blind trust run by an independent trustee.

    At a news conference on Wednesday, lawyer Sherri Dillon said that management of the Trump Organization would be transferred to a trust controlled by Mr Trump’s sons Don and Eric and chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg.

    The Trump Organization is an umbrella company for Donald Trump’s hundreds of investments in real estate, brands and other businesses.

    Outlining a structure designed by her and colleagues at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Ms Dillon said President-elect Trump wanted Americans to have no doubt that he was “completely isolating himself from his business interests”.

    The trio in charge “will make decisions for the duration of the presidency without any involvement whatsoever by President-elect Trump”, she said.

    Soon after, Mr Shaub said that the arrangement would not remove conflicts of interest for Mr Trump since, unlike in a blind trust, he would still see information about the businesses and deals being made in the newspapers and on television.

    “His sons are still running the businesses and, of course, he knows what he owns,” he said at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington DC.

    Describing Mr Trump’s plan as “wholly inadequate”, he said: “Nothing short of divestiture will resolve these conflicts.”



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  • LaurieB #3
    Jan 9, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    (Trump just hired his son-in-law. He’s his senior advisor.)

    But Dan! He’s going to solve the problem of the Middle East! Didn’t you know that?!!
    ~snort~

    The whole peace process is going down hill now the Trump buffoons have intervened!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38711701

    Israel approves settlement homes following Trump inauguration

    Israel has approved hundreds of new settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem, after the staunch pro-Israel US President Donald Trump took office.

    Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman told AFP: “Now we can finally build.”

    Israel’s PM reportedly delayed approval given the opposition of Barack Obama, who infuriated Israel by allowing a UN resolution against settlements to pass.

    Settlements in East Jerusalem are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.

    At the start of his cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would speak to Mr Trump later on Sunday evening.

    “There are many issues between us, including the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the situation in Syria and the Iranian threat,” he said.

    After the call, Mr Trump simply said it was “very nice”, without giving details.
    What has Israel approved and why now?

    Jerusalem’s City Hall approved construction permits for 566 new homes in the East Jerusalem settlements of Pisgat Zeev, Ramat Shlomo and Ramot.

    Mr Turgeman said: “I was told to wait until Trump takes office because he has no problem with building in Jerusalem.

    “The rules of the game have changed with Donald Trump’s arrival as president. We no longer have our hands tied as in the time of Barack Obama.”

    He said the delay was at the request of Mr Netanyahu in the wake of the 23 December UN Security Council resolution opposing Israeli settlement construction.

    The US refusal to veto the resolution marked the lowest ebb of deteriorating relations between the Obama administration and the Israeli government.

    Mr Obama regarded opposing new settlement homes as a key plank in pursuing a possible “two-state solution” to ending the decades-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.



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  • LaurieB #3
    Jan 9, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    (Trump just hired his son-in-law. He’s his senior advisor.)

    But Dan! He’s going to solve the problem of the Middle East! Didn’t you know that?!!
    ~snort~

    The whole peace process is going down hill now the Trump buffoons have intervened!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38711701

    Israel approves settlement homes following Trump inauguration

    Israel has approved hundreds of new settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem, after the staunch pro-Israel US President Donald Trump took office.

    Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman told AFP: “Now we can finally build.”

    Israel’s PM reportedly delayed approval given the opposition of Barack Obama, who infuriated Israel by allowing a UN resolution against settlements to pass.

    Settlements in East Jerusalem are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.

    At the start of his cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would speak to Mr Trump later on Sunday evening.

    “There are many issues between us, including the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the situation in Syria and the Iranian threat,” he said.

    After the call, Mr Trump simply said it was “very nice”, without giving details.
    What has Israel approved and why now?

    Jerusalem’s City Hall approved construction permits for 566 new homes in the East Jerusalem settlements of Pisgat Zeev, Ramat Shlomo and Ramot.

    Mr Turgeman said: “I was told to wait until Trump takes office because he has no problem with building in Jerusalem.

    “The rules of the game have changed with Donald Trump’s arrival as president. We no longer have our hands tied as in the time of Barack Obama.”

    He said the delay was at the request of Mr Netanyahu in the wake of the 23 December UN Security Council resolution opposing Israeli settlement construction.

    The US refusal to veto the resolution marked the lowest ebb of deteriorating relations between the Obama administration and the Israeli government.

    Mr Obama regarded opposing new settlement homes as a key plank in pursuing a possible “two-state solution” to ending the decades-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.



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  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38740712

    The United Nations has condemned Israeli plans to build more settlements in the occupied West Bank.

    A UN spokesman said “unilateral actions” were an obstacle to peace based on a two-state solution.

    On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would build 2,500 more homes in Jewish settlements “in response to housing needs”.

    It is the second such announcement by the Israeli authorities since US President Donald Trump took office.

    Palestinian officials said the plans undermined peace hopes by building on land they want for a future state.

    Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, said: “For the secretary general there is no Plan B for the two-states solution.

    “In this respect any unilateral decision that can be an obstacle to the two-state goal is of grave concern for the secretary general.

    “There is a need for the two parties to engage in a bona fide negotiation to reach the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, two states for two people.

    I wonder what response will come from the Trumpeting chorus and America’s new Zionist Israeli ambassador?
    They don’t seem to do “bona fide negotiations”!



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