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Reports indicate that negotiators from the P5+1 will extend nuclear talks with Iran to July 1, with the aim of achieving a framework agreement by March. The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and its sister organization, Council for a Livable World, applaud the U.S. commitment to diplomacy, but hope to see negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran continue to work with the same sense of urgency theyâ€™ve sustained for the past year.
â€œNews that the talks will continue indicates that real progress is being made by our negotiators. A deal to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran is within reach and worth more time to get it right,â€� said Angela Canterbury, Executive Director of the Center and Council.
"Over the past year, Iran has complied with the interim agreement," said Laicie Heeley, Policy Director at the Center and Council. â€œBy continuing the talks, Iranâ€™s nuclear program remains frozen, and negotiators can continue to work out the details of a good deal.â€�
But this historic moment must not be lost. A deal that verifiably constrains Iranâ€™s nuclear program is within reach. Now is the time to make tough decisions.
â€œNegotiators must be careful not to lose the sense of urgency they've maintained over the past year,â€� said Heeley. â€œThe U.S. and its allies should work to achieve a deal in advance of the new July deadline to ensure that this historic moment is not lost.â€�
Congress, for its part, should support this continued effort to achieve a good deal.
Canterbury added, â€œThe stakes are too high to allow hardliners in the US and Iran to torpedo a deal. That means Congress must ask tough questions, but allow negotiators the space to press for a good deal, and then verify it makes us safer.â€�
Angela Canterbury, Laicie Heeley and other members of the Council for a Livable World are available for further comment and broadcast bookings by contacting Amanda Waldron at 202.546.0795 X 2115 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Council for a Livable World is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to reducing the danger of nuclear weapons and increasing national security. Our mission is to advocate for sensible national security policies and to help elect congressional candidates who support them.