(CODEPINKers and allies at one of numerous actions in front of the White House, supporting the nuclear deal with Iran.)
In 2015 we successfully defended diplomacy. Now we need to do it again!
The the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a.k.a. the Iran Deal, has somewhat miraculously survived one year of the Trump presidency. But it’s definitely not time to celebrate yet.
In October of 2017, Trump decertified the deal, claiming that the legislation was not in the “interest of the US.” Instead of killing the deal directly, the White House passed the problem to Congress, giving them an ultimatum of unilaterally changing the terms or threatening to scrap it altogether.
On January 12, 2018, Trump once again extended Congress’s deadline for the deal, but said that this would be the last time he waived the sanctions unless “terrible flaws” in the internationally recognized accord are supposedly fixed. But these “flaws” are nothing more than a cover up to challenge a deal that has been accepted by the international community and has prevented war.
The UK, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran have continued to support the agreement. Trump’s threats of pulling out of the deal not only jeopardize peace with Iran, but will also isolate the US from its European allies.
To make matters worse, Trump announced additional sanctions against Iran in response to human rights abuses that have occured during recent protests. Rather than support the Iranian people, as the administrators claims the decision is meant to do, it places more economic limitations that harms the Iranian people.
Enough is enough. Trump’s threats and ultimatums have no place in diplomacy. It’s time to stop this administration from putting us on a warpath with Iran. We must call for peace and diplomacy!