On July 14th, a historic deal and a victory for diplomacy was announced to the world. The United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, all United Nations Security Council members, plus Germany and Iran, arrived at a deal that would keep Iran from producing nuclear weapons in exchange for lifting international sanctions. The agreement will make it impossible for Iran to build nuclear weapons and Iran’s nuclear facilities will become the most monitored in the world, under the intrusive eye of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
No sooner was the deal publicized when numerous members of Congress began speaking out against it. Some critics say that the U.S. could get a better deal. If the U.S. backs out of the deal, our partner nations are not likely to unite with us to implement or extend sanctions after they have spent two years working and arriving at a deal agreed by all participating countries.
What is best for the nation and the world is to allow our President to implement the deal so that we can avoid another war in the Middle East and prevent the creation of more bombs. Should we reject the deal, it will be a blow to diplomacy, with the potential to push the U.S. on a track to war. Rejecting the deal would also accelerate Iran’s ability to produce a bomb. At this time, it is estimated that Iran is only two months away from building one.
Our peace movement is organizing around this historic agreement and we urge you to do the same. We echo President Obama’s request to please contact your representatives in Congress, remind them of who you are, remind them of what is best for us, and remind them of what we stand for so that we can leave behind a world that is more secure and peaceful for our children.
We believe this agreement is one important step in the right direction toward the complete eradication of nuclear weapons. U.N. Security General Ban Ki-moon has said, “There are no right hands for wrong weapons.” By contacting your representatives, you are providing an example to your families and friends, which lays the basis for creating a stronger movement for a more humane world and creating strength in numbers to make change. This is the hope that you represent when we join together: Zero Nuclear Weapons.
We agree with a statement in an email from the Arms Control Association, “The bottom line is the world is much safer and more secure with the agreement than without it” (Arms Control Association).
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