We, the undersigned, believe diplomatic negotiations with adversaries and mobilizing broad international coalitions of support can more durably resolve contentious issues than the threat or use of military force.
On July 14, 2015, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the United States, China, Russia, Britain, and France ), along with Germany, reached agreement on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran to prevent its creation of nuclear weapons. The Plan outlines rigorous inspections and other verification mechanisms to assure Iran’s compliance in exchange for the gradual lifting of the economic sanctions imposed by the
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved implementation of the agreement. The European Union, our prime partner in enforcing financial sanctions, has unanimously endorsed the agreement, and our leading European allies are already moving to normalize economic relations with Iran.
A refusal by the U.S. Congress to accept this hard-won agreement would isolate the United States, not Iran. Sanctions imposed by the United States alone would have little effect without the international community’s economic leverage. As the President has argued, rejection of the pact would increase the risk of armed conflict with Iran and would further destabilize the Middle East, which is already in turmoil.
A dozen years ago in Iraq, the United States turned its back on a united international front in favor of the use of military force. We have all been witness to the disastrous results. We do not want to repeat that experience with Iran.
We believe the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best hope for stopping Iran’s nuclear program. We urge all members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation, in particular Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, to support the agreement.
We urge readers to sign the following petition in support of the Iran
nuclear agreement, to be directed to our New Jersey US senators and representatives. Readers can visit iranpeacepetition.com to add their names.
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