Better than any imaginable alternative, writes Paul Kawika Martin of Peace Action, the historic agreement proves diplomacy works. The U.S., Britain, Russia, China, France, Germany and Iran participated in the historic talks.
In the article “Why Congress should give a nuclear deal with Iran a chance,” Kawika, outlines the key aspects of the deal, which includes five major components:
- Decreasing the stockpile of material that could possibly be made into fissile material for 15 years.
- Limiting the quantity (by two-thirds) and quality of centrifuges that could make highly enriched uranium needed for a nuclear bomb for 10 years.
- Reconfiguring the nuclear reactor (and securing its spent fuel) in the city of Arak so it won’t produce any weapons-grade plutonium.
- Implementing unprecedented and exhaustive inspections and comprehensive monitoring for 20 years or more.
- And lastly, implementing the lifting of specific sanctions on Iran that, if Iran breaks the deal, will snap back into place.
“Republicans take note, this how you cut the deficit, it’s cheaper to negotiate than waste trillions on un-necessary wars,” noted someone commenting on the article.
There are more details to work out before the June 30 deadline. It would be a surprise if Congress chose to support the agreement. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is demanding that Iran recognize Israel’s right to exist as a precondition to any final agreement. Although the statement was likely designed for an Israeli audience, Israel seemingly has influence in the U.S. Congress, and a lot of it.
Let your Congressional representatives know now, and loud and clear, that you support the agreement and you support peace.
This week’s TVSet will discuss the Middle East. Tune in at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 5.