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10/14/17

Iranian-American Organizations Deplore Trump's Attack On Iran Nuclear Agreement

Several Iranian-American organizations have issued statements deploring President Donald Trump's decertification of Iran Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA) and criticizing his aggressive Iran policy.

NIAC Deplores Trump's Push to Violate Iran Nuclear Deal

Washington, DC - Dr. Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council and author of Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy, issued the following statement in response to President Trump's speech withholding certification of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action:

"Trump's speech was a national disgrace. This isn't an effort to stiff a contractor over a real estate project, it's a matter of war and peace. Donald Trump is in way over his head.

"Contrary to the reporting, Donald Trump is killing the deal - not in one move, but in several moves. First, Congress will attempt to kill it through deal-killing legislation from Tom Cotton. If that is blocked, Trump has vowed to kill it himself. Either way, the deal will get killed by this process triggered by Trump.

"Cotton's legislation would seek to unilaterally rewrite the nuclear deal, an unequivocal violation of the agreement. A vote for that bill would be as significant as a vote for the 2002 war with Iraq.

"Trump is single handedly destroying U.S. credibility and all but guaranteeing that no country in their right mind would agree to a deal with the U.S. again. The U.S. has shredded alliances through go-it-alone approaches before, to disastrous effect. Trump's has reduced America's allies on Iran to just Benjamin Netanyahu and the Saudi royal family. Trump's 'coalition of the willing' on Iran makes George W. Bush's old coalition on Iraq look like a diplomatic masterstroke.

"The most insulting of Trump's lies was when he sought to pass himself off as a champion of the Iranian people. As we speak, Trump is banning nearly all Iranians from the United States. The majority of people targeted by Trump's Muslim ban are Iranian. Iranian Americans are being cut off from their family members in Iran thanks to Trump.

"Congress must step in and make it clear that it will restrain this President and that the U.S. is fully committed to upholding its word on the Iran deal."

About NIAC

The
National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the Iranian-American community. We accomplish our mission by supplying the resources, knowledge and tools to enable greater civic participation by Iranian Americans and informed decision making by lawmakers. (read more)

PAAIA: President Trump's Decertification of the Iran Nuclear Deal Undermines U.S. National Security and Credibility

Press Release by Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), October 13th, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization that represents the Iranian American community, condemned President Trump's decision to decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal and undermine U.S. national security and credibility.

Despite recommendations from his own national security advisors and a number of Members of Congress, President Trump declared that he will not recertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - also known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement. 

"America's national security interests are best served by upholding the JCPOA," said Leila Golestaneh Austin, PAAIA's Executive Director. "Iranian Americans put America's security first, and our community feels strongly that abandoning the deal could damage U.S. credibility and leadership in the world."

PAAIA's 2017 national public opinion poll of Iranian Americans found that only 7 percent of survey respondents want to see the JCPOA dismantled.

As part of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, the administration must recertify to Congress every 90 days that Iran is complying with its obligations under the JCPOA. Failure to recertify gives Congress the option to reimpose nuclear related sanctions under an expedited schedule or amend existing legislation that could potentially undermine the integrity of the deal. 

PAAIA urges Members of Congress to avoid passing measures that would derail the agreement. Instead, Congress should support the Commission to Verify Iranian Nuclear Compliance Act. The bipartisan legislation establishes a Congressional-Executive commission to oversee implementation of the JCPOA. PAAIA will continue to advocate in support of the JCPOA and for resolving our differences with Iran through diplomacy.

About:

http://www.paaia.org

The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, PAAIA, Inc., is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonreligious 501(c)(4) membership organization that serves the domestic interests of Iranian Americans and represents the community before U.S. policymakers and the American public at large. PAAIA works to foster greater understanding of our community and its cultural heritage and to expand opportunities for the active participation of Iranian Americans in the democratic process at all levels of government.

AIC's Statement on President Trump's Decision Not to Recertify the Iran Deal

Statement by American Iranian Council (AIC)

On July 14, 2015, the American Iranian Council (AIC) celebrated the signing of the JCPOA as an important day for diplomacy and the international community - a day that demonstrated how diplomacy could achieve what threats and coercion could not.  Today, as an organization that has worked for nearly thirty years to promote understanding and dialogue between the U.S. and Iran, the American Iranian Council strongly rejects the Trump administration's decision to refuse to recertify the JCPOA.  The AIC further expresses its deep concern that the Trump administration's decision will be a "black eye" for diplomacy and the U.S.' reputation around the world.  We oppose this action for a variety of reasons, including:  

  • The fact that Iran has complied with the terms of the JCPOA.  The IAEA has repeatedly confirmed Iran's compliance with the deal, including as recently as August 2017.  Top U.S. military and State Department officials have also confirmed that Iran is complying with the deal;
  • The JCPOA is not a bilateral agreement with Iran, but a multilateral agreement among the P5+1, which includes important U.S. allies who continue to express their support for the deal.  Rejecting it requires that the U.S. oppose its allies on this major international matter;
  • Scrapping the JCPOA is a dangerous precedent to set given the need for potentially similar diplomatic negotiations with countries like North Korea; and
  • Rejecting the nuclear deal harms U.S. interests: it reduces the U.S.' stature around the world and it replaces the benefits of the deal (such as stability and a non-nuclear Iran) with instability and uncertainty, which could result in Iran pursuing a nuclear weapon or the need for additional US military presence in the region.

While we disagree with the approach President Trump has taken today, the AIC does support one element of President Trump's speech: that the U.S. needs a broader strategy on Iran.  The Council has always maintained that the nuclear issue should not be dealt with in isolation.  While we had hoped that the JCPOA would naturally provide future opportunities to pivot from the nuclear issue to other matters in U.S.-Iran relations, today's move by the Trump administration may present an alternative way forward.  The AIC urges the U.S. and Iran to enter into new negotiations - not just on the nuclear matter, but on all issues of concern between the U.S. and Iran, including Iran's missile program, human rights abuses and its approach to conflicts in the region.  While these negotiations proceed, the JCPOA should remain in effect.  We believe that such direct talks could prove fruitful if approached with (i) appreciation of realities on the ground, (ii) the recognition of one another as sovereign states with individual interests, and (iii) an eye towards compromise rather than relying on coercion where interests do not align. We outline the path forward in this recent publication.

About:

The
American Iranian Council (AIC) is a 501(c) (3) tax-deductible organization headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. The Council pioneered the push for normalization of relations between the United States and Iran over two decades ago. The Council’s achievements remain unsurpassed. To cite just one example, Secretary Madeleine Albright delivered her historic speech on Iran at an AIC event, when she expressed regret about past US policy mistakes (including the 1953 coup), lifted sanctions on carpets and food items, and offered Iran a global settlement. Years later, Iran's President Mohammad Khatami would characterize this event as a "missed opportunity."

 

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