Congress Skips Iran Deadline, New IPNDV Website, Moniz on EPIC Podcast, and More

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December 14, 2017 International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification Launches New Website, Concludes Phase I Work

The International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV), a public-private partnership between the U.S. State Department and NTI to address the technical challenges associated with the verification of weapons dismantlement, has completed Phase I of its work. The main conclusion: although tough challenges remain, multilaterally monitored nuclear warhead dismantlement should be possible while at the same time successfully managing safety, security, nonproliferation, and classification concerns. Phase II of the Partnership’s work was recently announced in Argentina, where more than 25 member countries with and without nuclear weapons gathered to define next steps. IPNDV partners also launched a new website,, to share Phase I outcomes and deliverables, provide a library of disarmament verification resources, and house a new interactive infographic that illustrates each step of the dismantlement process. Follow the announcements using #IPNDV on Twitter, and to learn more, CLICK HERE Congress Skips Iran Sanctions Deadline as Trump Administration Alleges Violation of UN Resolution This week, Congress allowed an important deadline related to the Iran nuclear agreement to pass, foregoing action to re-impose tough sanctions in a move that would have put the US in violation of the deal. It remains unclear, however, whether or what action may be taken to undermine the deal in the future. Meanwhile on Thursday, UN Amb. Nikki Haley displayed military parts that she described as evidence that Iran has supplied weapons to Yemeni rebels in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. Although Iran’s behavior must be addressed, withdrawing from the nuclear deal would only splinter the global coalition capable of doing so. “By threatening to pull out of the accord at any time...President Trump is taking global pressure off Iran, isolating the United States and precipitating a diplomatic crisis with serious consequences,” NTI Co-Chair and CEO Ernest Moniz said in October. To learn more about Iran, its missile program, and the nuclear deal, CLICK HERE Ernest Moniz Discusses Nuclear Dangers, Dirty Bombs and More on EPIC Podcast NTI Co-Chair and CEO Ernest Moniz joined Michael Greenstone at the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute (EPIC) earlier this month for a conversation on topics ranging from Moniz’ tenure as U.S. Secretary of Energy to his new role at NTI working to reduce nuclear dangers. The interview was held as part of a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Chicago’s nuclear contribution To the world. Moniz noted that the chances of nuclear weapon use today, while not “high,” are higher than they have been since the Cuban Missile Crisis. He also drew attention to radiological risks and the potential impact of a dirty bomb. To listen to the podcast, CLICK HERE Happy 97th Birthday to George Shultz NTI celebrated the 97th birthday of George Shultz, former Secretary of State and a principal member of NTI’s Nuclear Security Project this week. We are so proud and honored to work with Shultz to reduce nuclear risks. Join us in sending him gratitude for his work to build a safer world by sharing this video on Facebook and Twitter in which Shultz discusses the importance of making the vision of a world without nuclear weapons a reality. WATCH THE VIDEO

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