Scientist group defends Iran nuclear deal

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Several prominent U.S. scientists — including some who have been instrumental in the development of nuclear weapons technology — are coming out in defense of the nuclear weapons deal with Iran, according to the New York Times.
Twenty-nine top scientists signed a letter to President Obama praising the deal, calling it “innovative” and “stringent” over a half-dozen times.
“We congratulate you and your team,” the letter begins, adding that the Iran deal “will advance the cause of peace and security in the Middle East and can serve as a guidepost for future nonproliferation agreements.”
{mosads}The first signature is that of Richard L. Garwin, a physicist who helped invent the hydrogen bomb.
Support from the scientific community comes on the heels of news that the agreement will not have the support of one of the top-ranking Democrats in the Senate.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) broke with the White House when he announced Thursday that he would not back the accord struck between Iran and six other countries.
“To me, the very real risk that Iran will not moderate and will, instead, use the agreement to pursue its nefarious goals is too great,” Schumer said in a statement posted on Medium.
Liberal groups were quick to slam the senior U.S. senator from New York.
“No real Democratic leader does this,” MoveOn political action executive director Ilya Sheyman said of Schumer in a statement. “If this is what counts as ‘leadership’ among Democrats in the Senate, Senate Democrats should be prepared to find a new leader or a few followers.”
The Senate will take up deliberations over the deal Sept. 8.
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