Dozens of top scientists in the US have written a letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump to urge him not to dismantle the Iran deal.
According to a report by IFP, 37 top American scientists have referred to Iran nuclear deal as “a critical US strategic asset” in their letter to Trump, and urged him to preserve it.
The 37 signatories included Nobel laureates, veteran makers of nuclear arms, former White House science advisers and the chief executive of the world’s largest general society of scientists.
The letter was organized by Richard L. Garwin, a physicist who helped design the world’s first hydrogen bomb and has long advised Washington on nuclear weapons and arms control. He is among the last living physicists who helped usher in the nuclear age, New York Times reported.
The letter to Trump says its objective is to “provide our assessment” of the Iran deal since it was put in effect nearly a year ago. On Jan. 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the technical body in Vienna that oversees the accord with teams of inspectors it has sent to Iran, gave its approval, saying Tehran had curbed its nuclear program enough to begin receiving relief from longstanding sanctions.
While the deal was opposed by all Republicans in the US House and Senate, it is not clear that Trump would move quickly to renege on it. Any effort by the United States to walk away from its terms, or to renegotiate it, would open the way for Iran to insist on changes as well.