WASHINGTON - March 9 -
SELIG HARRISON, via Haeyoung Kim, email@example.com,
Available for a limited number of interviews, Harrison is director
of the Asia program at the Center for International Policy and author of
five books on nonproliferation and Asian affairs. He wrote recently:
"The nuclear negotiations between Iran and the European Union were based
on a bargain that the European Union, held back by the U.S., has failed
to honor. Iran agreed to suspend its uranium enrichment efforts
temporarily pending the outcome of discussions on a permanent enrichment
ban. The EU promised to put forward proposals for economic incentives
and security guarantees in return for a permanent ban but subsequently
refused to discuss security issues." Harrison is also closely following
the recent U.S.-India nuclear deal.
JAMES PAUL, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.globalpolicy.org
Paul is executive director of the Global Policy Forum, which
monitors the United Nations. He is closely following developments
regarding Iran at the UN.
ALICE SLATER, email@example.com, http://gracelinks.org/nuke
President of the GRACE Policy Institute, which works on nuclear
issues, Slater said today: "The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
explicitly obliges signatories like the U.S., U.K., Russia, China and
France who have nuclear weapons 'to pursue negotiations in good faith on
effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an
early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and
complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.'
The nuclear powers are out of compliance with this, and the U.S. is
pursuing a nuclear deal with India which undermines the NPT. So why
should we expect Iran to follow the treaty?"
MICHAEL SPIES, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.lcnp.org
Spies is program associate with the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear
Policy. The group has recently released several documents assessing the
situation with Iran. Spies noted today: "Two issues underlie this
standoff, which must be kept separate. The first issue relates to the
International Atomic Energy Agency fulfilling its statutory obligation
to verify the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program. The second
issue is Iran's pursuit of nuclear fuel cycle capabilities, which has
been the focus of U.S. and EU efforts. The Security Council should
consider whether and how it can practically facilitate the IAEA's task
of verifying the peaceful use of nuclear energy."