DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz
CHICAGO — United States Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz, the nuclear physicist who played a central role in helping conclude the Iran nuclear agreement, will join The Chicago Council on Global Affairs for a roundtable discussion moderated by ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Council, Friday, Aug. 7.
The discussion will cover the landscape of the historic deal — its key provisions, structured implementation and global implications. Moniz said the agreement “prevents Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, provides strong verification measures that give us ample time to respond if Iran chose to violate its terms, and takes none of our options off the table” during recent remarks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “This deal clearly meets the President’s objectives: verification of an Iranian nuclear program that is exclusively peaceful and sufficient lead time to respond if it proves otherwise.”
On July 14, after months of negotiations, Iran and the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. — along with Germany and the European Union agreed to a long-term, comprehensive deal preventing Iran’s capability to develop nuclear weapons. The deal includes a comprehensive verification regime to monitor implementation of the agreement as well as relief from the sanctions currently impeding the Iranian economy.
Public opinion has swayed in the wake of intense lobbying for and against the deal. However, in a telling poll conducted just before the final accord was announced, the 2015 Chicago Council Survey found that that a majority of Americans supported reaching an agreement with Iran. The public favored the outlines of the agreement with 59 percent supportive to 36 percent opposed.
“The Council has continuously engaged the public on this vital global security issue, and our polling has demonstrated that a large majority of Americans consistently view Iran’s nuclear program among the most critical threats facing the United States,” Daalder said. “As someone directly in the room and at the table, Secretary Moniz’s firsthand account from the negotiations, combined with his expertise in nuclear energy and nuclear physics, provides exactly the kind of informed perspective the American public deserves. The Council is delighted to enable that dialogue.”
Secretary Moniz will join the Council at 7:45 a.m. CDT in The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago. There he will deliver his remarks and engage in a robust discussion of the nuclear accord moderated by Ambassador Daalder. The sessionalso will be livestreamed online.