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CASMII Press Release: Jack Straw invited to join high-level delegation to Downing Street opposing war on Iran

8 May 2006 (source: CASMII)

Jack Straw was today invited to join world-renowned scientists and former military generals in a delegation to Downing Street opposing military intervention in Iran. The delegation organised by CASMII (the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran), will take place at midday on 9th May, and will deliver two letters to Tony Blair from eminent British and American physicists warning that the military intervention and the use of nuclear weapons would have disastrous consequences for the security of Britain and the rest of world.

The delegation composing of scientists, politicians and former Deputy Commander-in-Chief of British Land Forces, General Sir Hugh Beach, have saved a place for Mr Straw whose opposition to military intervention in Iran was reportedly the reason for his demotion from Foreign Secretary in the recent Cabinet reshuffle. The letters to be delivered have been signed by some of the worlds' most eminent physicists including 5 Nobel Prize winners.

The letter signed by scientists in the UK states;
"There is no proof that Iran has a weaponization programme, and therefore no justification for the use of force. Any pre-emptive attack led by the US against Iran will no doubt take place without any explicit UN approval and thus in violation of the UN Charter and international law. It will lead to a major conflagration in that volatile region of the world and is bound to result in a sharp escalation in anti-Western sentiments as well as in extremism, fundamentalism and terrorism."

Professor Abbas Edalat, CASMII's founder, said today;
"We hope that the events surrounding Mr Straw's demotion will finally make the public aware that military action against Iran is not merely possible but imminent. According to the renowned journalist Seymour Hirsch, plans to attack Iran are already in their operational phase and the use of tactical nuclear weapons is still on the table."

"We have not yet had any response from Mr Straw but we would welcome his support on this most important of matters. We believe that like Robin Cook, before him, Mr Straw could gain a huge amount of respect by standing by his principles and publicly denouncing the current plans that Washington and London have to take military action against Iran."

Please find copies of the letter to Tony Blair, from British academicsand a letter to George Bush from US physicists.
The delegation will consist of:

General Sir Hugh Beach - former Deputy Commander-in-Chief United Kingdom Land Forces

Carol Naughton - former chair of CND

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Professor Abbas Edalat, Imperial College, CASMII Director

Stefan Simanowitz, CASMII (UK) Campaign Coordinator

Harold Jamison, CASMII (US)

Jack Straw MP, former Foreign Secretary (Unconfirmed)

10 Downing Street, 12 midday, Tuesday 9th May.

CASMII is an independent international campaigning organisation committed to opposing military attacks against Iran.

Contact: Press Office - 07799 650791
CASMII Main Office - 07763 212650
CASMII Campaigns - 07733 003733

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