Wednesday, December 11
Location: Rayburn House Office Building, B338
Ambassador Mark Wallace
CEO, United Against Nuclear Iran, Former Ambassador to the United Nations
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Chairwoman, House Subcommittee on the Middle East
Congressman Brad Sherman
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
Senator Edward Markey (Invited)
Chairman, Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance
Executive Director, Arms Control Association
Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation
Director, Natural Resources Defense Council Nuclear Program
Policy Director, Foreign Policy Initiative
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No matter what one's perspective is on the Iran nuclear problem -- whether one favors negotiations, sanctions, or military action -- it's easy to agree that avoiding future nuclear Irans is in everyone's interest. It is not well remembered, but in 1957 the United States launched Iran's current nuclear program with a nuclear cooperative agreement that Congress passively assented to without a vote or even a hearing. This "Atoms for Peace" agreement resulted in the export of a research reactor, the training of scores of Iranian nuclear engineers at America's very best universities, and the approval of Iran's construction of 23 reactors. All of this history has come back to haunt us.
Now, of course, the United States is trying to get Iran to curtail its nuclear fuel making activities. The State Department also is attempting to get South Korea to forswear making such fuels. The Vietnam deal that Secretary of State John Kerry announced on October 10, though, has no legally binding prohibitions against Vietnam conducting such activities.
On October 28, Senator Bob Corker, the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote Secretary Kerry complaining of the State Department’s “inconsistent and confusing” positions on these matters. Other members of the House and Senate are now considering whether to require approval by majority votes in both houses for nuclear cooperative agreements that don’t require the recipient to forswear making nuclear fuel.
What is the U.S. policy regarding nuclear cooperative agreements and whether or not nonweapons state recipients can make nuclear fuel? How inconsistent is the current policy toward Iran, Vietnam, South Korea, and the possible negotiation on nuclear deals with Saudi Arabia and Jordan? What role should congress play in shaping U.S. nonproliferation policy and U.S. nuclear cooperative agreements?
Come join us at a luncheon seminar to discuss these matters on Wednesday, December 11 from 11:45am – 1:30pm. Ambassador Mark Wallace, CEO of United Against Nuclear Iran and Former Ambassador to the United Nations; Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East; Congressman Brad Sherman, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade; and Senator Edward Markey, Chairman for the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance will give brief presentations followed by a discussion session led by Daryl Kimball, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association; Kingston Reif, Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation; Christopher Paine, Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Nuclear Program; and Robert Zarate, Policy Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative.
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