Thank you for taking action on all of PSR's action alerts, and congratulations to all of you for helping to make this happen! Let’s keep the momentum going and reach the final deal!
Today in Lausanne, Switzerland, the "P5 + 1" negotiators announced that a framework agreement has been reached for a final comprehensive deal with Iran, concerning Iran’s nuclear program. Negotiators worked tirelessly through and beyond the March 31st deadline to resolve major issues and find solutions. The P5+1 and Iran now have until June 30th to work out the details for a final agreement.
The major issues thwarting a nuclear deal have been resolved as follows:
Iran’s enrichment capacity and stockpile will be limited.
Iran’s centrifuges will be reduced by 2/3.
Iran’s sole uranium enrichment facility will be at Natanz and uranium enrichment will be capped at 3.67%.
Other facilities will be converted for other uses. Fordow will be converted to a nuclear physics and technology center. Arak will be redesigned as a heavy-water reactor that will no longer produce any weapons-grade plutonium.
The breakout timeline (the time it would take Iran to break away from the agreement and make fissile material for a bomb) will be extended to a year.
The IAEA will have regular access to all facilities indefinitely.
Iran will not have any new nuclear facilities for 15 years.
There will be no sunset for the agreement – certain provisions will never expire.
The E.U. will terminate all economic and financial sanctions against Iran.
The U.S. will terminate all economic and financial sanctions once Iran’s implementation of the agreement is confirmed. Sanctions will snap back if the agreement is broken.
The U.N. will terminate resolutions sanctioning Iran.
This, just like the Joint Plan of Action, is proof that diplomacy works. We have the unprecedented opportunity to resolve the Iran nuclear problem peacefully. However, danger still lurks in Congress with the Corker-Menendez bill (S. 615) and the Kirk-Menendez bill (S. 269). It's possible that as soon Congress returns from recess on April 13th, they will again try to torpedo the negotiations.
Please keep diplomacy going! Tell your senators and representative that diplomacy is working and tell them to oppose any legislation that could undermine the progress we've worked so hard to achieve thus far.
"I am convinced if this framework leads to a final, comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies, our world safer. If Congress kills this deal, not based on expert analysis and without offering any reasonable alternative, then it's the United States that will be blamed for the failure of diplomacy. International unity will collapse."
- President Barack Obama address from the Rose Garden at the White House April 2, 2015
IAEA = International Atomic Energy Agency E.U. = European Union
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.