Cirincione speaks on the Iran Nuclear Deal
On January 29th J. Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, who is one of the most active experts on nuclear weapons, was the Farzaneh guest speaker of the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS) program of Oklahoma State University to present a talk entitled “The Iranian Nuclear Deal”.
In 2015, during the Iran nuclear deal framework agreement, Mr. Cirincione played a key role in Western negotiations to end the diplomatic stalemate regarding Iran’s nuclear program, which was launched in the 1950s with the help of the United States as part of the Atoms for Peace program; since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, most international nuclear cooperation with Iran has been cut off.
In his talk, Mr. Cirincione explained in detail the various capacities of the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding the development of nuclear weapons. From the information provided, one could imagine the sensitivity of the situation and the importance of the Iran nuclear deal framework agreement for the future of the world, including the United States of America. In the continuation of his talk, he confirmed the fact that it is the nearly unanimous opinion of America’s nuclear security experts that the agreement “has dramatically reduced the risk posed by Iran’s nuclear program”, and that the unprecedented verification measures “make it very likely that any possible future effort by Iran to pursue nuclear weapons, even a clandestine program, would be detected promptly.”
In his conclusion, Mr. Cirincione confirmed that the European allies of the United States strongly want America to keep its word and reject the fanciful notion that President Donald Trump can somehow obtain a better deal. Doing away with the current agreement is not a real option, he says. “My position is in support of preserving and strengthening the agreement.”
Dr. Pedram Khosronejad
Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies