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On December 20, a bi-partisan group of Senators introduced the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act (S. 1881). This legislation, which currently has over 50 co-sponsors, was structured in response to the interim agreement reached last month between Iran and the P5+1 (five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council: United States, Russia, China, France, and United Kingdom + Germany). Many concerns remain about the agreement, which provided Iran with some sanctions relief in return for reducing aspects of its nuclear program and agreeing to continue negotiations.
The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act would pressure Iran to continue negotiations and increase transparency about its nuclear activities—establishing clear requirements and timelines that must be met, or else Iran will face additional economic sanctions. The bill stipulates that the President can suspend any new sanctions for up to one year, which is in accordance with the interim agreement that promised no new sanctions during talks. The legislation also outlines that any final agreement with Iran must result in compliance with U.N. Security Council Resolutions, a dismantling of Iran’s illicit nuclear infrastructure, and complete access for nuclear weapons inspectors.
Existing economic sanctions are credited with bringing Iran to the negotiating table, and it is essential to maintain a credible threat of additional sanctions to ensure that Iran does not abandon the process. This legislation’s sanctions would target Iranian oil exports, financial institutions, and other key aspects of the Iranian economy.
Hadassah continues to affirm its policy statements opposing the Middle East Arms Race, which condemn Iran's acquisition of weapons of mass destruction, posing a grave threat to regional and international stability. Iran has shown that it will not be deterred, so it must be cut off from all possible sources of support.
Urge your elected officials to support the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act today!
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