Letter: Iran deal shouldn’t be scrapped

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Dear Editor,
This is in response to the Oct. 15 Los Alamos Monitor article Trump won’t pull out of ‘worst’ Iran nuclear deal – for now. this was written by Matthew Lee, AP Diplomatic Writer.
On Oct. 13, President Trump gave a speech stating Iran was not following the Nuclear Deal negotiated and signed by the P5+1 in 2015. All other parties and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have stated often that Iran is living up to its actions under the agreement.
Trump’s action is dangerous and ‘against the national security interests of the USA.’
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, aka, the Iran nuclear deal) is excellent; it is far better and more extensive than I ever expected.
If followed by all parties, it blocks all avenues for Iran to develop nuclear explosives. To be sure, it is vehemently opposed by Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and some Republicans in Congress.
I am a physicist who worked in nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation for 38 years at LANL. The majority of my efforts were for and with the IAEA that has the responsibility of inspecting the nuclear facilities of states signatory to the Treaty on NonProliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
My colleagues and I developed programs that have been part of the initial training of IAEA inspectors since 1980. LANL has trained many of the inspectors who inspect Iran today and have inspected Iran’s facilities since it signed and ratified NPT shortly after it came into force in 1970.
There are only three nations that have not signed the NPT: India, Israel, and Pakistan. All three have large nuclear arsenals and effective delivery capabilities.
Israel has over 400 nuclear weapons of all types and the ability to deliver them anywhere in the world, including the U.S. Israel also has a policy known as the Samson Option that implies it will destroy the world if ever it feels in danger of falling.
The official USG policy is that it doesn’t admit whether Israel has nuclear weapons. This is basically the same as Israel’s position, known as “amimut or nuclear opacity.” However, there are many books and much information about the program on the Internet.
North Korea signed and ratified the NPT in 1985 and it even submitted the required Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and Initial SNM Inventory to the IAEA 30 January 1992. However, it abrogated the NPT in January 2003.

T. Douglas Reilly
White Rock