Oppose Anti-Diplomacy House Resolution on Iran

Jan 31, 2014

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Please oppose any resolution which would undermine our diplomats' efforts to secure a comprehensive agreement that guards against a nuclear-armed Iran and a devastating war.

Background:

According to press reports, Rep. Engel (D-NY) is set to introduce an Iran resolution with his colleagues in early February, which would tie the hands of our diplomats with unrealistic demands for a final agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

Even a non-binding resolution would undermine our diplomats to have Congress set unrealistic preconditions for a final nuclear accord.

While the text of this new resolution currently under negotiation by several members of Congress has not yet been released, it is widely expected to mirror language from the proposed draft of the Cantor-Hoyer resolution leaked last year.

The most alarming part of the legislation calls for the dismantlement of Iran's nuclear program, which is widely understood by non-proliferation experts to be a non-starter for Iran.

Leaked draft of Cantor/Hoyer resolution as of Dec 12, 2013:

"it is the sense of the House of Representatives that it should be the policy of the United States to seek the verifiable end to Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and its capability to develop or acquire a nuclear weapon, including by securing a comprehensive agreement between the P5+1 countries and Iran that requires dismantlement of Iran's nuclear infrastructure, including enrichment and reprocessing capabilities, such that Iran is prevented from pursuing both the uranium and plutonium pathways to a nuclear weapon."

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