JCPOA: the best long-term interests of all concerned.

Today, the UN Security Council have adopted a resolution on Iran, which will take effect 90 days from today, when respective capitals and legislatures have had a chance to carefully review the deal’s provisions, the commitments in the JCPOA should take effect.

Member States, in UNSC, are obligated under Article 25 of the United Nations Charter “to accept and carry out the Security Council’s decisions.”

Why is Iran deal so important?

By now, many are familiar with the basic tenets of the Iran deal, which, if implemented, would cut off all pathways to fissile material for a nuclear weapon for the Islamic Republic of Iran, while putting in place a rigorous inspection and transparency regime to verify Iran’s compliance, and ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful going forward.

The true measure of Iran deal is not whether it meets all of the desires of one side at the expense of the other, including U.S. allies in the region— especially Israel and the Gulf States; the test is whether or not JCPOA agreement will leave the world safer and more secure than it would be without it.

So while this deal does not address many of our profound concerns, if implemented, it would make the world safer and more secure.

As President Obama pointed out, “an Iran armed with a nuclear weapon would be far more destabilizing and far more dangerous to our friends and to the world.”

I think that’s what diplomacy was put in place to achieve the best long-term interests of all concerned. And we all know that war is the failure of diplomacy. Both the UN Charter and history make clear that in same cases the use of force is required, but we all have a responsibility to work aggressively in diplomatic channels to try to secure our objectives peacefully.

Now, with this deal in place, we hope Iran’s government will choose that path – not only because it will make the United States, its allies, and the world more secure, though it will. But also because it will more fully empower the Iranian people, whose potential all of us should wish to see unlocked.

The agreement will provide for the eventual removal of sanctions, and that can only be done by the Congress,. The White House has the power to temporarily suspend sanctions, but not eliminate them. Only Congress could do that.


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