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TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Prevent a "Spiral of Proliferation"
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On October 13, President Donald Trump announced he would not certify to Congress that Iran was in compliance with its obligations under the highly successful 2015 nuclear agreement, and that he believes the deal was no longer in the U.S. national security interest.

(Photo: Flickr/Ron Cogswell)

Trump further noted that he would terminate U.S. participation in the deal if Congress cannot work out legislation to make permanent restrictions that he wants in place. 

We can convince Congress not to fall for this.

This unilateralist approach undermines U.S. credibility and leadership in international negotiations. The International Atomic Energy Agency, our European partners, numerous other world leaders, and nonproliferation experts agree that Iran is complying with the mandate of the agreement.

Trump's actions could open the door for Congress to reintroduce nuclear-related sanctions on an expedited schedule. Senators Tom Cotton and Bob Corker have vowed to pursue such legislation, which amounts would put the U.S. on a path to violate the deal. This, in turn, could scuttle the entire arrangement. France’s Foreign Minister, among others, warned that such actions could lead to a “spiral of proliferation.”

Now is the time to tell your members of Congress to protect the successful nuclear deal and to refrain from actions that undermine it.

Please write now and remind Congress that:

  • A deal is a deal. There is no realistic option, nor any reason to renegotiate the current agreement, which is working effectively to block Iran’s pathways to a bomb.
  • Congress should not re-impose nuclear-related sanctions so long as the IAEA confirms Iran is meeting its commitments
  • President Trump should focus on solving the North Korean nuclear crisis through diplomacy rather than provoking a proliferation crisis with Iran.

Thank you for taking action today and sharing it with others! 

 

Posted: September 21, 2017