New Moniz Op-ed, Bipartisan Experts Call for Iran Deal Support, and More

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March 29, 2018 Ernest Moniz in The Boston Globe: Robust Verification Key to Nuclear Agreements with Iran, North Korea

In a new op-ed in The Boston Globe, NTI CEO and Co-Chair Ernest Moniz writes that any upcoming discussions or negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear program should be informed by the provisions agreed to in the Iran agreement – namely, the stringent, first-of-their-kind verification and inspection measures put in place to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Moniz suggests an approach based not on trust, but the need to “verify, verify, verify.” Moniz also addressed claims by critics of the Iran deal that the agreement will expire, noting that its key provisions, those that allow unprecedented monitoring and verification of Iran’s compliance to ensure that it never builds a nuclear weapon, will remain in place forever. Learn more about the Iran deal’s permanent provisions and find other Iran resources here. To read the op-ed, CLICK HERE Sam Nunn, Experts Sign Letter Urging Trump to Support the Iran Deal A bipartisan group of experts including NTI Co-Chair Sam Nunn, other former statesmen, and retired military officials signed a letter this week outlining concrete reasons President Trump should support the Iran nuclear deal. “Doing so will bring substantial benefits and strengthen America’s hand in dealing with North Korea, as well as Iran, and help maintain the reliability of America’s word and influence as a world leader,” the letter states. In addition to Nunn, signatories from across the political spectrum included former Senator Richard Lugar, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, and Brent Scowcroft, a former national security adviser. READ MORE IPNDV Begins Phase II of Disarmament Verification Work in Stockholm The International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV) kicked off its second phase in Sweden this week. IPNDV is an ongoing initiative led by NTI and the U.S. Department of State that includes more than 25 countries with and without nuclear weapons. Together, the partners are identifying challenges associated with nuclear disarmament verification and developing potential procedures and technologies to address those challenges. IPNDV’s first phase studied prospects for effective monitoring of nuclear weapons dismantlement; Phase II will amplify the importance of verification in the run-up to the 2020 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. To follow the Partnership’s progress, CLICK HERE NTI Cyber Expert Page Stoutland Analyzes Risk of an Attack on Nuclear Facilities The New York Times reported this month on a U.S. government report accusing Russia of conducting a series of cyberattacks aimed at U.S. and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems from 2015 through 2017. Needless to say, any type of attack on a nuclear plant is very concerning. Page Stoutland, NTI’s vice president of scientific and technical affairs, addresses the potential risk of a cyber attack on U.S. nuclear facilities and how this threat can be mitigated in a new post for Atomic Pulse. READ MORE

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