Russian Pugwash Committee blog

Pugwash statement on Iran-US tensions

January 14, 2020

14 January 2020

The killing of Gen. Qassem Suleimani is not justified under international law. This attack was a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and an act of war against Iran. It has increased tension and raised the risk of conflict in an already difficult situation. The tragic unintentional downing of the Ukrainian aircraft by an Iranian missile highlights the peril that can arise at moments of intense crisis.

The American rejection of the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) has contributed to this escalating confrontation and has made it more, not less, difficult to constrain Iran’s nuclear program. Salvaging the JCPOA would help defuse this ongoing crisis while addressing nonproliferation concerns.

Pugwash appeals to all parties to avoid further escalatory steps that could lead to a disastrous conflict and calls on the international community and the UN urgently to seek a peaceful resolution of the current dangerous situation.

Hussain Al Sharistani, Former Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of IraqPaolo Cotta-Ramusino, Italy Secretary General of PugwashSergio Duarte, Brazil, President of PugwashSaideh Lotfian, Iran, Chair of Pugwash CouncilSteven Miller, US, Chair of Pugwash Executive Committee
Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs <>
Share this article

Poll conducted

  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
For business
For researchers
For students