More and more, these negotiations are resembling the disastrous North Korean Agreed Framework, a so-called interim agreement that was continuously extended -- until the North Koreans tested a nuclear weapon. In this case Iran has received disproportionate economic relief and its economy has blossomed, while it continues to develop its industrial scale nuclear program.
The Obama administration must hold Iran to a time-certain deadline to reach a final nuclear accord, as it has pledged. Iran must clearly hear from the U.S. and its allies that the diplomatic clock is ticking, and that if no final nuclear accord is reached at the end of the six months, Iran will face the most crippling sanctions in history--culminating with a full economic blockade.
We respectfully call on the Obama administration to not repeat history as in the case of North Korea and allow Iran to use these negotiations to stall for more time, maintain sanctions relief, and continue to develop its uranium enrichment capabilities and heavy water reactor.
Since Iran President Hassan Rouhani's election, there have been eight meetings between the P5+1 and Iran on the nuclear issue. In November, the P5+1 and Iran announced the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, which outlined a six month term to reach a final nuclear accord. As President Obama said shortly afterwards: "if at the end of six months it turns out that we can't make a deal ... we have greater leverage with the international community to continue to apply sanctions and even strengthen them."
Today, one month into the interim deal, the P5+1 and Iran for the first time announced that they have agreed on what was to be negotiated. In fact, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said this week: "to us, what has been announced as dismantling Iran's program and facilities is not on the agenda."
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Inform the public about the nature of the Iranian regime, including its desire and intent to possess nuclear weapons, as well as Iran's role as a state sponsor of global terrorism, and a major violator of human rights at home and abroad;
Heighten awareness nationally and internationally about the danger that a nuclear armed Iran poses to the region and the world;
Mobilize public support, utilize media outreach, and persuade our elected leaders to voice a robust and united American opposition to a nuclear Iran;
Lay the groundwork for effective US policies in coordination with European and other allies;
Persuade the regime in Tehran to desist from its quest for nuclear weapons, while striving not to punish the Iranian people, and;
Promote efforts that focus on vigorous national and international, social, economic, political and diplomatic measures.
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