On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran has completed the necessary steps under the Iran deal that will ensure Iran’s nuclear program is and remains exclusively peaceful.
Iran has ripped out 2/3 of its centrifuges, shipped out 97% of its stockpile, & poured concrete into the plutonium reactor so it can no longer be used to make a bomb.
Iran has completed the necessary steps of the Iran Nuclear Deal reached on July 14, 2005 to restrict its nuclear program, and international economic sanctions have been lifted. The agreement has significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions against the country.
In response to the announcement that all parties (The United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany — the P5 + 1), including Iran, have implemented their responsibilities under the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Jim Anderson, the President of Peace Action New York State, the state affiliate of Peace Action (the largest peace group in the U.S. founded on abolishing nuclear weapons), made the following statement:
“The U.S. utilizing diplomacy has accomplished a world impacting, negotiated agreement with Iran, reaping exceptional actions benefitting peace. The U.S. must also employ diplomacy as it confronts Syria, and other international concerns. If we can build on the momentum of the diplomatic milestones met with Iran, it will give hope for peace to many people around the world. It just proves that we must be persistent in our defense of diplomacy.”
However, our work to protect the deal is not over.
The U.S. Congress and Senate continue to take actions to add new sanctions to Iran that could threaten the nuclear deal. While some sanctions must remain in place as the U.S. continues to oppose Iran’s violations of human rights, we must remain vigilant in our defense of diplomacy and this historic agreement to prevent a nuclear Iran and war.