1. Action Alert
  2. Middle East & Iran, Nuclear Weapons

Iran Nuclear Deal in Danger

By Jim Cason, October 9, 2017

President Trump's escalating threats against diplomacy with Iran and against North Korea are propelling the U.S. toward military confrontations that are reckless, dangerous to U.S. security, and could result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

Last week, the White House leaked word to major newspapers that President Trump plans to take a first step to withdraw from the nuclear agreement that has successfully shut down any path for Tehran to build nuclear weapons.

We can’t wait to act until President Trump decertifies the Iran deal. Especially at this moment, when our country’s European allies and our top military and intelligence officials say it is working, every member of Congress needs to speak out now to support diplomacy and oppose more war.

Will you write a letter to the editor urging your members of Congress to reject any efforts to pull the U.S. out of the Iran deal?

Make no mistake, the president’s actions will put the Iran nuclear deal in grave jeopardy. For nearly two years, this deal has guarded against a nuclear-armed Iran and the risk of another U.S. war in the Middle East. Yet, despite Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford both testifying to Congress that remaining in the Iran deal is in the U.S. national security interest, President Trump has threatened not to certify Iran’s compliance with the deal by the October 15 deadline. This failure to act would put the U.S. on a path to re-impose sanctions, violating the terms of the accord. We are in danger of walking away from one of the greatest diplomatic achievements of the nuclear age.

Saving this deal is important both because it can stop a slide towards war with Iran and because of what President Trump’s decision tells North Korea. If we pull out of the Iran deal, why would North Korea (or any other country) pursue diplomatic negotiations with the United States? The decision would show that Washington cannot be trusted to hold up its end of the bargain.

What can stop the movement away from diplomacy and towards war? All of us can, working together. Please send the message to your local newspaper that we need diplomacy, not war, with Iran.

Letters to the editor are one of the most effective ways to get the attention of your members of Congress. In the last four years, FCNL’s network has published more than 500 letters to the editor just on supporting diplomacy with Iran. In fact, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi highlighted the impact of letters to the editor during the pivotal 2015 debate that led to the Iran deal taking effect. Not only do the letters get to the member’s desk, but FCNL lobbyists can bring copies of them to show support for diplomacy among the member’s constituents.  

In today’s world, we need more open lines of communication, not fewer. Destroying the Iran nuclear deal would be a big mistake, and we will face the consequences for generations. Your members of Congress need to know their constituents expect them to stand up for the deal and for diplomacy. Write a letter to the editor today.

Jim Cason

  • Associate Executive Secretary for Strategic Advocacy, Legislative Director for Foreign Policy

Jim Cason is responsible for directing the full range of FCNL’s strategic advocacy work. In this capacity, he works with program staff to develop long term change strategies that accomplish our particular legislative goals. He also leads the lobbying of the foreign policy team.