Diplomacy or War?

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

After Secretary of State John Kerry announced an historic agreement to prevent Iran from creating a nuclear bomb, the airways heated up, unfortunately with more heat than light. This agreement represents many months of challenging, principled diplomacy with the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Germany and Iran. At every turn the key component was the demand that the US and allies would verify that Iran was reducing its nuclear stockpile. One could hear in the distance President Reagan’s voice, “Trust and then verify!”

While there is never a perfect agreement, my hope is that politicians on both sides of the aisle will read the agreement, noting the many strengths and choose diplomacy. The strengths are many:
-International inspectors will monitor Iran’s nuclear program at every single stage.
-It would increase the time it would take Iran to acquire enough material for one bomb from 2-3
months to at least 1 year.
-It would reduce Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium.
-The agreement would prevent Iran from producing weapons grade plutonium.
-Iran’s nuclear activities would be tracked with robust transparency and inspections.

According to Secretary Kerry, as it stands today, Iran has a large stockpile of enriched uranium which would create 8-10 bombs. Left unchecked, the stockpile would grow exponentially, practically guaranteeing that Iran could create a bomb.

If Iran violates the deal, the UN sanctions will automatically resume for a decade and the United States and European Union can resume sanctions. In other words, this agreement is in the best interest of the US and allies because it sets back Iran’s ability to create a nuclear bomb and it improves the economy of Iran by becoming economic sanctions-free.

Do we want to choose diplomacy or war? Congress needs to hear from us.

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