On Friday, January 12th, Trump preserved the Iran nuclear deal – for now. But he again threatened to kill the deal next chance he gets, even though this deal is keeping us all safer and making war with Iran much less likely.
It’s now up to Congress to decide whether they’re going to take Trump’s bait and edge us closer to war with Iran, or save the deal and prioritize peace and real security.
Call to Action
Call our MoC’s to ask them to issue a public statement urging protection of the Iran nuclear deal.
- Senator Markey: 202-224-2742
- Senator Warren: (202) 224-4543
- Representative Keating: (202) 225-3111
Caller: Hello, I’m a constituent from Cape Cod and I’m very concerned about the Iran deal. Trump foolishly decertified it in October and again last week even though Iran is complying and it’s keeping us all safe. If he does that again, or worse, unilaterally re-imposes sanctions and violates the deal, will [MoC] issue a public statement denouncing his actions and urging diplomacy, not war with Iran?
Staffer: Thank you for sharing those concerns. [MoC] is considering [his/her] options right now. [He/she] thinks the deal could be changed slightly and is open to that.
Caller: That’s not acceptable. Our international partners tell us the deal is the deal and there will be no renegotiations. Either we are in or we are out, and if we’re out, we could go to war with Iran. Will [MoC] make sure this doesn’t happen?
Staffer: I hear your concern. [MoC] is also concerned because Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism and commits a lot of human rights abuses. Plus they are hostile to us, our ally Israel, and others.
Caller: This is exactly why we can’t let them have a nuclear weapon – which they will, if this deal falls apart. It is crucial for [MoC] to stand up to Trump on this and keep us safe. We can’t have another North Korea.
Staffer: I’ll certainly relay your concerns to [MoC].
Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching for [MoC]’s statement urging protection of the deal and no new war with Iran.
As Politico reported, President Donald Trump is once again extending the Iran nuclear deal, but Trump will “terminate” the agreement unless Congress and European allies agree to strengthen it, Trump said in a statement Friday.
“This is a last chance,” Trump said. “[E]ither fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw.”
The decision is a temporary victory for Trump’s national security team, which has spent months trying to persuade a president who despises the nuclear deal that abandoning it would be a self-inflicted foreign policy calamity.
The statement implicitly sets a mid-May deadline for the deal’s fate. That is when Trump must again choose, as he did Friday, whether to waive economic sanctions on Tehran which come up for renewal every 120 days.
Here’s what you need to know about the Iran nuclear deal:
- The Iran deal (formally the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) was struck in 2015 between the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, the European Union and Iran. It forces Iran to give up its materials to build a nuclear weapon in exchange for some sanctions relief.
- The deal also imposes the most rigorous, invasive inspections on Iran in history.International inspectors have 24/7 access to Iran’s nuclear sites and would catch any attempts by Iran to violate the deal.
- Those inspectors have confirmed over and over that the deal is working and that Iran is complying with the deal. Trump’s own national security officials, including Secretary of Defense Mattis and General Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have also said the deal is working and the U.S. should stay in it.
- If the U.S. pulls out of the deal, it will all fall apart. Iran will probably pull out too, and resume its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Other partner nations will have to choose between doing business with the U.S. or with Iran, and the whole thing will unravel. Our international partners have time and again urged Trump to stay in the deal.
- The deal is the deal and there’s no renegotiating it. Trump likes to talk about renegotiating, or changing certain aspects of the Iran deal. While the U.S. is always welcome to engage in more diplomacy and build more deals, this deal is final and either we are in or out.
- We’re likely to see Trump take us to war with Iran if we don’t save this deal. That would be foolish, costly, and incredibly risky. There is no reason to take this path.
Sources: Indivisible Guide and Politico