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Obama Turns to Scientists to Win Support of Iran Nuclear Pact

Monday, 06 April 2015 11:20 AM

The Obama administration is rolling out its "nerd squad" in an attempt to peddle its nuclear weapons deal with Iran to an increasingly skeptical Congress.

In his push to win support, Obama is turning not to legislators, or to journalists, but to scientists in a marketing effort fronted by Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz, the MIT nuclear physicist who has popped up on TV news shows and press releases to defend the deal, Politico notes.

Moniz, speaking to CBS News, insisted that the nuclear deal is a good one for the U.S. that blocks Iran's capability of developing nuclear weapons over a long period of time, and that provides "unprecedented access and transparency" to Iran's nuclear program.

However, that is only the beginning of the administration's scientific offensive. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a Friday interview that for critical members of Congress, "I would anticipate that scientific data would be persuasive for them," Politico reported.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters, "If you speak to analysts and objective folks who have studied these issues, studied the technical details, the science, the energy, I think that they feel very comfortable with this deal."

He added that Obama "would not accept a deal unless he was reassured by the scientists that this would end Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon. And that’s what we were able to accomplish," Politico reported.

Moniz told National Public Radio, "It’s a good deal because it satisfies our need to block all four pathways to a nuclear weapon," meaning two for uranium, one for plutonium and one for "covert actions."

"The White House is planning to roll out more of its science-driven message next week in its ongoing bid to stop Congress from moving to block the deal. The idea is to convince Congress and the public that, hey, the scientists think this is a good deal, so they should too," Politico said.

Marie Harf, State Department spokeswoman, said in a Friday briefing with reporters, "Our experts at (DOE) and the labs — nonpolitical, nonpartisan people who have served under Democratic and Republican administrations — they are confident in the science behind what we have done that with this equation."

Moniz said in a DOE press release, "America’s leading nuclear experts at the Department of Energy and its national labs and sites were involved throughout these negotiations, evaluating and developing technical proposals to help define negotiating positions in support of the US delegation."

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, has proposed legislation giving Congress the right to review the Iran deal. Obama has promised a veto and Corker indicated that, so far, Republicans are just two or three votes shy of being able to override a veto, Fox News reported.

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