45 National Security Experts Urge President Trump to Withdraw from Nuclear Deal with Iran Using the Bolton Plan
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today 45 national security experts, many of whom held senior positions in the nuclear weapons, arms control, nonproliferation and intelligence fields—including Center for Security Policy President and CEO Frank J. Gaffney—sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to withdraw the United States from the deeply flawed 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran (the JCPOA) using a comprehensive plan drafted by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.
The signatories believe President Trump was exactly right during the campaign when he said the JCPOA is one of the worst agreements ever negotiated. They believe this agreement is dangerous because it allows Iran to continue its pursuit of nuclear weapons while the deal is in effect, has extremely weak verification provisions and ignores Iran’s increasingly destabilizing behavior. Because of the enormous risks the JCPOA poses to American and international security and the impossibility of convincing Iran to amend the agreement, the signers believe the only option is for the United States to withdraw and initiate a new, more comprehensive approach that addresses all the threats posed by Iran—including its missile program and sponsorship of terrorism—with a broad alliance that includes Israel and America’s Gulf State allies.
The signatories endorse Ambassador Bolton’s plan to implement this approach by withdrawing from the JCPOA in coordination with America’s allies. The signers believe the Bolton plan is the best way to reverse the damage done by the reckless concessions that Obama officials made to Iran to negotiate the JCPOA and to prevent the Iranian nuclear program from spinning out of control as North Korea’s nuclear effort has.
Besides Gaffney, some of the eminent individuals who signed the letter include:
- Gen. William G. Boykin, USA (Ret.), Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
- Ambassador Henry F. “Hank” Cooper, Former Chief U.S. Negotiator for Defense and Space and SDI Director
- Manfred Eimer, Former Assistant Director for Verification and Intelligence, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
- Douglas J. Feith, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
- William R. Graham, Former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Ambassador Robert G. Joseph, Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
- Ambassador C. Paul Robinson, former President and Director of Sandia National Laboratories
- Admiral James A. Lyons, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Former Commander-in Chief, Pacific Fleet
The full text of the letter is online at the Center for Security Policy’s website.
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