PSR Welcomes the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Regarding Iran's Nuclear Program
July 14, 2015
Contact: Theresa Shaffer, Security Outreach Associate firstname.lastname@example.org 716 310 9352
Martin Fleck, Security Program Director email@example.com 202 587-5242
Washington, D.C. - Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) applauds the historic agreement made between the P5+1 and Iran that was announced this morning. This agreement will curb Iran's ability to obtain nuclear weapons capability by blocking all pathways to the bomb, in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions.
Throughout the negotiation process, PSR has supported diplomatic efforts to solve the Iran nuclear problem. Any use of nuclear weapons can cause devastating humanitarian effects, and all efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons and reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation worldwide are of the utmost importance. This crucial agreement, coupled with public diplomacy efforts, could lead to a normalization of relations over time, bringing some much-needed stability to the Middle East. Without an agreement in place, the result would likely be yet another crisis, or even new nuclear-armed states in the region.
"As of today, diplomacy has won in the international arena. On behalf of our members, we congratulate the negotiating team in overcoming significant hurdles to achieve this agreement, and we look forward to ensuring that diplomacy prevails on the home front." – said Martin Fleck, PSR Security Program Director
In his White House speech today, President Obama explained how this agreement blocks all pathways to the bomb. He stated that with this agreement in place, the time it would take for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon will increase from the current 2-3 months to at least one year. IAEA inspectors will have 24/7 access to Iran's key nuclear facilities and its entire nuclear supply chain to ensure that Iran isn't able to divert materials from known facilities to covert ones. Iran currently has enough enriched uranium in its stockpile to create ten nuclear weapons, yet with this agreement, it will get rid of 98% of its stockpile and maintain this limitation for 15 years. Lastly, Iran will receive phased sanctions relief in accordance with compliance to the agreement, and all sanctions will snap back into place if Iran is found in violation of the agreement.
However, the battle now turns to the U.S. Congress, which has 60 days to review the agreement, during which time it will vote to approve or disapprove of the deal.
Opponents of the agreement fail to realize the immediate ramifications of repudiating this deal. The international sanctions regime could collapse and become extremely difficult to piece back together. Hardliners could win the next election in Iran. Further, any future negotiation between the United States and its partners could be undermined due to the failure of a U.S. president to deliver at home.
In the coming days, PSR members across the United States will be urging their elected representatives to support the Iran agreement.