On the campaign trail, President Biden promised that he would install a foreign policy that relies on diplomacy first.
Yet just last week Biden launched a missile attack on the Syrian border targeting alleged Iranian-backed militia members. This is a sure step to tanking future diplomacy with Iran, which will be critical for a return to the Iran Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA).
Relations with Iran, having soured terribly in the Trump administration, were already in drastic need of improvement to reduce the risk of further saber-rattling, or worse, a military conflict. The culmination of Trump’s actions - unilaterally pulling the US out of the JCPOA, devastating sanctions, the illegal assassination of Iran’s top military general, and the troop build-up around Iran - has emboldened Iranian hardliners to challenge more moderate voices in Iran. We now have to choose: are we going to continue with these failed policies, or are we going to use the tool that brought us the Iran Nuclear Agreement in the first place - diplomacy?
Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) just reintroduced the Iran Diplomacy Act, legislation that provides a path for President Biden’s diplomatic effort to return all sides to full compliance with their commitments under the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Please write to your Senators today and urge them to do everything in their power to support a return to the nuclear agreement.
There’s great urgency to get this started, as Iran has elections coming this June. There are growing voices there that oppose any negotiations with the U.S. and want to match the saber-rattling tit for tat. We need to up the pressure on the Biden administration to move at full speed to rejoin the nuclear deal, end devastating sanctions, and reengage in direct diplomacy to turn this situation around before it can get worse.
Please contact your Senators and urge them to speak out in favor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement and support the Iran Diplomacy Act today!
Specifically, the Iran Diplomacy Act states that:
It is the policy of the United States as follows:
- Full implementation of the JCPOA would represent a meaningful step to both preventing an Iranian nuclear weapon and a costly future armed conflict.
- The United States and Iran should promptly return to full compliance with all of their commitments under the JCPOA.
- After such time that all sides return to their commitments under the JCPOA, the United States should lead international efforts to:
- address the sunset of select provisions of the JCPOA and other elements of the agreement that merit strengthening; and
- advance any other diplomatic measures that promote United States, regional, and international security.
- The United States should reaffirm its commitment to United Nations Security Resolution 2231, in which the UN Security Council formally endorsed the JCPOA.
- The U.S. should create an environment in which financial institutions and entities can better allow for the sale of agricultural commodities, food, medicine, and medical devices to Iran, and help Iran battle the COVID–19 pandemic.