Peace Action: Talking Points that Oppose Trump’s Statement today on Iraq

Gabe Murphy

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Iran Deal Messaging Beyond the Basics:

SUMMARY:

1. The Iran nuclear agreement is working and making us safer. Thanks to the agreement, all of Iran’s potential pathways to obtaining nuclear weapons remain blocked.

2. Political motivations, not national security interests, are driving President Trump’s policies on Iran.

3. Walking away from the agreement would increase the risk of confrontation with Iran.

4. Walking away from the agreement would damage America’s credibility on the world stage, and undermine prospects for negotiating with North Korea or other countries.

DETAILS:

1. The Iran nuclear agreement is working and making us safer. Thanks to the agreement, all of Iran’s potential pathways to obtaining nuclear weapons remain blocked.

A. Under the agreement, Iran forfeited 98 percent of its enriched uranium, decommissioned two-thirds of its centrifuges, poured cement into the core of its Arak reactor and took other actions that moved its breakout time — the amount of time it would take to produce enough uranium for one crude nuclear weapon — from 2-3 months to at least a year.

B. The Iran agreement includes one of the most robust inspection and verification regimes in history, utilizing technology to verify Iran’s compliance and granting the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) unprecedented access to Iran’s nuclear facilities.

C. The IAEA [1], the European Union [2], over 80 nuclear policy experts [3], Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford [4] and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis [5] have all said Iran is adhering to the terms of the agreement.

2. Political motivations, not national security interests, are driving President Trump’s policies on Iran.

A. During the election, Trump scored easy political points with his base by railing against one of President Obama’s key foreign policy achievements.

B. President Trump has expressed a desire to decertify Iran’s compliance with the agreement regardless of whether there is material evidence to support such a claim.

C. President Trump’s own Secretary of Defense has said he believes the Iran agreement is in America’s national security interest, yet the president still appears intent on scrapping the deal.

3. Walking away from the agreement would increase the risk of confrontation with Iran.

A. Walking away from the agreement would remove all the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, and end the international community’s access to Iran’s nuclear facilities.

B. If the agreement collapses, Iran will likely resume enriching higher levels of uranium, which would put war with Iran back on the table as one way, albeit an incredibly dangerous and ill-advised way, to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

C. War with Iran would be catastrophic, costing countless lives and taxpayer dollars and destabilizing yet another country in the region, or worse, causing a regional war.

4. Walking away from the agreement would damage America’s credibility on the world stage and undermine prospects for negotiating with North Korea or other countries.

A. If the administration de-certifies Iran without cause or takes other steps to undermine the agreement, that will send a signal across the world that the U.S. cannot be trusted to live up to its international commitments.

B. If Congress reenacts sanctions on Iran without evidence of a material violation, that could spell doom for efforts to negotiate with North Korea, which is the only viable option for deescalating tensions and curbing North Korea’s nuclear program.

Suggested Hashtags:

#IranDeal

#NoWarWithIran

#SaveTheIranDeal

#DiplomacyWorks

REFERENCES:

[1] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-31/iran-sticking-to-nuclear-agreement-with-powers-iaea-reports

[2] https://www.armscontrol.org/blog/2017-09-21/p51-iran-nuclear-deal-alert-september-2017

[3] https://www.armscontrol.org/pressroom/2017-09/more-80-nuclear-nonproliferation-experts-reaffirm-support-iran-nuclear-deal

[4] http://thehill.com/policy/defense/352463-top-general-says-iran-complying-with-nuclear-deal

[5] http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/03/jim-mattis-iran-deal-243411

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