The May 11 talk is especially timely and the speaker uniquely qualified to examine the issues from a vantage point at the very center of unfolding events. Just last week, Dr. Mousavian delivered a speech at the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), hosted by National Assembly of Republic of Korea on April 14-17 in Seoul in which he proposed using Iran’s nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a model for any future negotiation with North Korea. We are very fortunate that, from the heights of this international conference, he has agreed to come to us in Brattleboro on May 11, thanks to an invitation by Eshagh Shaoul, Chairman of the WWAC, who is of Iranian heritage and has followed Dr. Mousavian’s many articles and posts and made his acquaintance over several years.
President Donald Trump’s impending decision has become especially critical in light of his announcement that his administration is preparing for a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. While the Iran deal may seem unconnected to North Korea on the surface, a decision not to certify that Iran is in compliance could further close the prospect of reaching a negotiated solution with Pyongyang over its weapons programs. On a basic level, it will signal that the United States is not a reliable negotiating partner.
The 2015 nuclear deal was the signature foreign policy achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency. The initial framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, lifted crippling economic sanctions on Iran in return for limitations to the country’s controversial nuclear energy program, which international powers feared Iran would use to create a nuclear weapon. But Mr. Obama’s close association with the deal put it in the crosshairs of his successor, Donald Trump, who has claimed that the deal was too lenient and that Iran has broken parts of the agreement.
President Donald Trump reluctantly signed the Iran sanctions waiver on Jan. 12. 2018—a decision that must be made every 120 days under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—but promised that it would be the last time unless the three European signatories (the United Kingdom, Germany and France, or “the P3”) can agree on substantial changes to the nuclear deal, which they do not seem inclined to do.