Monday, October 23, 2017

Write a Letter: Holding Iran Accountable

The Trump Administration recently announced that it would decertify the Iran nuclear agreement. Much has been made of this in the press, some of it confused or outright incorrect. Israel supporters should know the facts, and be advocates for correcting misinformation, for example by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper.
Before the JCPOA was finalized, Congress passed a bipartisan bill guaranteeing that it would maintain oversight of Iran's compliance with any agreement. Every 90 days, the law requires the President to certify that:
(i) Iran is transparently, verifiably, and fully implementing the agreement, including all related technical or additional agreements;
(ii) Iran has not committed a material breach with respect to the agreement or, if Iran has committed a material breach, Iran has cured the material breach;
(iii) Iran has not taken any action, including covert activities, that could significantly advance its nuclear weapons program; and
(iv) suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the agreement is-- ``(I) appropriate and proportionate to the specific and verifiable measures taken by Iran with respect to terminating its illicit nuclear program; and ``(II) vital to the national security interests of the United States;
Decertifying the Iran deal is different than withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and does not automatically trigger sanctions. Instead, it offers Congress and the President to work together, hopefully in bipartisan fashion, to strengthen the Iran deal to counter recent and future provocations. This can include efforts to correct the sunset clauses of the JCPOA, counter Republican Guard (IRGC) actions in Syria, Lebanon, and elsewhere, and commitment to maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge and ensuring its ongoing ability to defend against Iranian aggression.

Contact information for several CT papers is below:
Stamford Advocate: editorials@scni.com
Greenwich Time: editorials@scni.com
Norwalk Hour: letters@thehour.com

All must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification, though only the name and town will be published. Please include "Letter to the Editor" in the subject of your email.

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