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In tonightâ€™s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. He assured Congress and the nation that progress is being made through tough negotiations. He also vowed to veto any legislation that might threaten the talks with sanctions. Council for a Livable World, and its sister research organization, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, stand by the Presidentâ€™s historic diplomatic efforts and urge Congress to stand down and allow the time and space needed for a verifiable deal between the U.S. and its P5+1 partners and Iran.
Angela Canterbury, Executive Director of Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation said:
â€œThe President is standing firm in his resolve to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. We stand with him, and urge Congress to stand down. Progress is being made with these historic talks, and now is not the time for Congress to act. As the President said, it doesnâ€™t make senseâ€”unless of course Congress would prefer to allow Iran to continue with its nuclear program and for the U.S. to go to war.â€�
A confidential U.N. report says that Iran continues to honor the terms of the interim agreement, the Joint Plan of Action, having frozen its nuclear program. Meanwhile, the Senate has scheduled a mark-up of a new sanctions bill for next week.
â€œNew sanctions are a violation of the interim deal. They donâ€™t just risk undermining the progress our negotiators have made toward securing a deal, they risk offering a convenient excuse for Iran to walk away from the table, leaving only the US to blame,â€� said Laicie Heeley, Policy Director at the Center and Council.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said this week that new sanctions would â€œreally jeopardise the negotiations and the approach we have had so far.â€�
Our international partners are united in their determination to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon. â€œObama has said he will be the first to impose new sanctions if his administration fails to strike a deal,â€� said Heeley, â€œNow is not the time to break ranks.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.