53 National Security Leaders Welcome Implementation of the Iran Nuclear Agreement

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53 National Security Leaders Welcome Implementation of the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Washington, DC, January 18  — Today, 53 national security leaders issued a statement welcoming the implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement and calling on U.S. policymakers to turn to the rigorous verification of Iran’s continuing compliance.

Signers of the statement include former National Security Advisors Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski; Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and Defense Secretary William Perry; Ambassadors Thomas Pickering, Ryan Crocker and Daniel Kurtzer; military leaders Admiral William Fallon, Admiral Eric Olson and Lieutenant General Frank Kearney; and members of Congress Richard Lugar, Tom Daschle and Lee Hamilton.

The implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “marks an unprecedented success in the longstanding international effort to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons,” the signers write.  They added that Iran’s dramatically reduced nuclear program “is now under some of the most sweeping inspections and transparency obligations in history, many of which will remain in place for decades.”

The success of the agreement “has reaffirmed the value of diplomacy as an invaluable tool for conflict resolution,” they conclude.

The national security leaders also called on U.S. policymakers to turn their attention to verifying Iran’s continuing compliance with the agreement. “New mechanisms for cooperation should be established between the executive and legislative branches to monitor compliance and evaluate suspected violations,” the signers recommend.

The full text of the statement is below and online here.

The Iran Project signers are available for media comment.  For any inquiries or to request an interview, contact Iris Bieri, Deputy Director of The Iran Project, at iris@fcsny.org or (212) 812-4372.

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