Iran Deal Anniversary: Congress Must Uphold the Agreement

James McKeon
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Washington, DC – July 14 marks the one-year anniversary since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – commonly known as the Iran Deal – was signed. John Tierney, a former nine-term Congressman and current Executive Director of Council for a Livable World, commented on the milestone:

“Before the agreement Iran’s breakout time was estimated at 2-3 months, the international community had limited knowledge of Iran’s nuclear facilities, and a devastating military conflict was a real possibility. But today Iran’s breakout time is estimated at one year, possibly more, the international community has an unprecedented monitoring, enforcement, and verification mechanism of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, American military men and women are not put at risk, and another costly foreign entanglement is avoided while an existential threat to Israel has, according to numerous Israeli experts, been removed. The facts tell a simple story: the deal is working.”

“No deal is perfect. While problems could eventually arise, though there is no indication this will happen, critics have no plausible alternative to offer short of conflict.”

To mark the anniversary, the House Republican leadership is holding votes on three separate bills, all aimed at undermining the JCPOA. Commenting on the impending votes, Congressman Tierney noted:

“At this stage, attempting to undermine the Iran Deal is merely a political ploy with no realistic objective. Members of Congress must remember that the deal is an international accord signed by seven countries and the European Union. It’s time for Congress to take a leadership role and stand up for diplomacy, not unilaterally attempt to bring down a multilateral agreement.”


Founded in 1962 by famed physicist Leo Szilard, Council for a Livable World is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to reducing the danger of nuclear weapons.