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62 U.S. organizations warn Senate against new Iran sanctions
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep3(227).jpgTEHRAN – Sixty-two U.S. organizations delivered a joint letter to the Senate on Tuesday urging it to oppose new Iran sanctions legislation, S.1881, that they say would “critically endanger the possibility of a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear standoff with Iran.” 
 
The letter, organized by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Friends Committee on National Legislation, and Win Without War, was signed by progressive groups including CREDO, MoveOn.org and Daily Kos; pro-Israel groups including Americans for Peace Now and J Street; and religious organizations including the United Methodist Church, according to the NIAC’s website.  
 
The letter comes just two days after the United States, Iran and other members of the P5+1 agreed on terms to implement the Joint Action Plan over Tehran’s nuclear program struck in November. 
 
Following are excerpts of the text of the letter: 
 
The following 62 organizations are writing to warn that Senate passage of new Iran sanctions would critically endanger the possibility of a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear standoff with Iran...  We call on you to not cosponsor S.1881 (the “Nuclear Weapon-Free Iran Act of 2013”) and strongly discourage Senate consideration of new Iran sanctions while negotiations proceed.
 
The Joint Plan of Action signed between the P5+1 and Iran in November… institutes unprecedented transparency for international inspectors, including daily inspection of Iran’s enrichment facilities. 
 
However, as part of the agreement, the U.S. has agreed to “refrain from imposing new nuclear-related sanctions” on Iran.  Even with the delay mechanisms included in S.1881, U.S. and Iranian officials warn that new Congressional sanctions would kill the deal.  The White House has added that new Congressional sanctions would be perceived as a sign of bad faith by allies critical to the enforcement of the sanctions regime, including the other permanent members of the UN Security Council. As a result, new sanctions will erode rather than strengthen our leverage for negotiations. Further, an unclassified U.S. intelligence assessment warns that “new sanctions would undermine the prospects for a successful comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran.”  
 
S.1881 also sets insurmountable demands for a comprehensive nuclear deal by insisting that Iran dismantle its entire “nuclear infrastructure, including enrichment and reprocessing capabilities and facilities.”  Such a demand is a poison pill for negotiations...    
 
Further, any comprehensive deal will require trading in existing sanctions for Iranian nuclear concessions. But the sanctions provisions included in S.1881 could only be waived by the President for a final nuclear deal if Iran agrees to the zero enrichment demand, effectively eliminating the President’s ability to offer sanctions relief. Rather than attack Presidential waiver authority, Congress should ensure that the President has full authority to lift sanctions as part of a comprehensive deal.   
 
By foreclosing diplomatic prospects, new sanctions would set us on a path to war. The American people have made it clear that they do not want another war in the Middle East and strongly support pursuing diplomatic prospects until they are exhausted. It would be the height of irresponsibility to step in and undercut diplomatic negotiations before this opportunity has the chance to bear fruit.
 
We strongly urge you to withhold co-sponsorship of S.1881 and delay consideration of new Iran sanctions while negotiations are ongoing.
 
Sincerely,
 
National Iranian American Council
 
Friends Committee on National Legislation
 
Win Without War
 
Adventist Peace Fellowship
 
American Baptist Churches
 
American Friends Service Committee
 
American Values Network
 
Americans for Peace Now
 
AntiWar.com
 
Augustinians Province of St. Thomas Villanova
 
Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
 
Berim
 
Center for Interfaith Engagement, Eastern Mennonite University
 
Center for International Policy
 
CODEPINK
 
Come Home America
 
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
 
Council for a Livable World
 
CREDO
 
Daily Kos
 
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
 
Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding
 
Evangelicals for Social Action
 
Fellowship of Reconciliation
 
Franciscan Action Network
 
Global Exchange
 
Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ
 
GlobalSolutions.org
 
Havaar
 
Institute for Policy Studies, New Internationalism Project
 
International Civil Society Action Network
 
Islamic Society of North America
 
J Street
 
Jewish Voice for Peace
 
Just Foreign Policy
 
Maryknoll Office For Global Concerns
 
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
 
MoveOn.org
 
Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice
 
Muslim Public Affairs Voice
 
Muslims for Progressive Values
 
New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
 
On Earth Peace
 
Orthodox Peace Fellowship
 
Pax Christi International
 
Peace Action
 
Peace Action West
 
Physicians for Social Responsibility
 
Presbyterian Church (USA)
 
Progressive Democrats of America
 
The Shalom Center
 
Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence
 
Society of the Divine Savior - American Province
 
Sojourners
 
Tikkun/The Network of Spiritual Progressives
 
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
 
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
 
U.S. Province of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit
 
USAction
 
Veterans for Peace
 
Women’s Action for New Directions
 
Young Democrats of America
 
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