A pro-Iran nuclear deal coalition of former U.S. intelligence, foreign policy, and national security figures claim President Donald Trump administration's actions might lead to war with Iran, Politico reported.
"Pulling out of the JCPOA makes achieving U.S. objectives with Iran much more difficult," the National Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon concluded in a statement co-signed by more than 50 anti-Trump officials.
"Applying pressure and unilateral sanctions without viable diplomatic options is highly unlikely to produce the desired outcome and could lead to a more dangerous, destructive and enduring regional conflict with Iran.
"A more balanced strategy that couples pressure with effective diplomacy, coming not just from the U.S. but from around the world, will be necessary to achieve U.S. objectives while showing an Iran without nuclear weapons a way forward to integration into the region. A decision by the administration to move toward a more balanced approach, including agreeing to comply with the JCPOA, would be welcomed by the international community and put the U.S. on a better path to achieve its objectives."
The coalition includes the usual critics of President Trump, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright under former President Bill Clinton, and also former President George W. Bush's Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill.
"The Trump administration's Iran strategy is to assert maximum economic, political, and military pressure to change Iran's behavior and threaten, if not cause, collapse of the regime," the statement begins. "But since it has not undertaken diplomatic engagement on any of its 12 demands on Iran, the administration has left Iran the option of either capitulation or war.
"The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement (the JCPOA) does not advance the achievement of any of the U.S.'s objectives."
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