Last week, I sent you a very similar email that asked you to email Congress and ask them not to kill the historic Iran deal. It’s working! Some Senators’ extreme language has softened. Nonetheless, this week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up legislation (S.615) that could kill the Iran deal before it has a chance to become final. It may be voted on by the full Senate in short order.
Call both your Senators now at 202-224-3121 and tell them to support the Iran framework and to vote against any Iran legislation before the deal is final, especially S. 615.
Senators Corker (R-TN) and Menendez (D-NJ) introduced S.615 that would require Congress to take an up or down vote on any final deal, bar the President from relieving sanctions for months and require the nearly impossible task of guaranteeing that Iran is not funding any violent extremists.
You have worked with us for nearly a decade to ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon, and that result comes via diplomacy, not war. Our efforts, in coordination with a large coalition of organizations, combined with President Obama’s determination, led to a historic framework agreement with Iran on its nuclear program.
Make two quick, crucial calls to your Senators at 202-224-3121. Ask them to support the Iran framework and to vote against any Iran bills before the deal is final especially S. 615.
This critical agreement achieves two important things:
- If Iran decided to build a nuclear weapon (and that is a big if) the time it would take to produce enough fissile material for a crude weapon would be at least one year, giving the international community plenty of time to act.
- The International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) will have unprecedented inspections and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program from soup to nuts and can inspect any suspected covert sites as well.
In exchange for the above Iran would receive economic sanctions relief.
Dial 202-224-3121 now. Demand that your Senators support the Iran deal and to vote against any Iran bills before the agreement is final, especially S. 615.
This agreement extends the time it would take Iran to make enough fissile material for one crude nuclear by four to six times by reducing Iran’s centrifuges by 2/3 and allowing it to use only old technology for 10 years, reducing its stockpile of low enriched uranium by 97% for 15 years and by reconfiguring its nuclear reactor so no weapons grade plutonium will be made, nor could be reprocessed, indefinitely.
Let’s not forget what the alternatives are. We could stop negotiating with Iran and it could lower its time to get enough materials for a crude nuclear bomb to two months or less. This might threaten Israel enough that it would take military action. The U.S. could take military action that might push back Iran’s nuclear program by a few years, start a major war in the Middle East and encourage Iran to produce a nuclear weapon as soon as possible.
Speaking of war, already neocons like Sen. McCain, Bill Kristol and John Bolton have either alluded to or directly called for U.S. bombing of Iran. We all remember the Iraq war. Iran is nearly four times the size of Iraq with almost three times the population and a much larger military. This is a horrific option and why the vast majority of Americans oppose military intervention with Iran.
Contact your Senators at 202-224-3121. Insist that they let negotiators get a signed accord with Iran based on the strong framework already agreed to. And vote against any Iran bills, especially S. 615.
Thanks again for your help in getting us this far and so very close to solving one of the national security conundrums of the decade. Please take a brief moment to call now.
Humbly for Peace,
Paul Kawika Martin
P.S. Call 202-224-3121 before the Senate votes to torpedo the Iran deal. Demand that your Senators support the Iran framework and to vote against any Iran bills (especially S. 615) before the agreement is final.