Diplomats Urge Congress to Approve Iran Deal

A group of former diplomats on Monday sent a letter to Congress, urging members of both chambers not to reject the deal between Iran and the West, Politico reports.


The letter, signed by former undersecretaries of state and former American ambassadors to Israel, states that the group has determined the deal “will leave Iran no legitimate avenue to produce a nuclear weapon during the next 10 to 15 years.”


Signees included five former ambassadors to Israel: James Cunningham, William Harrop, Edward S. Walker Jr., Thomas Pickering and Daniel Kurtzer.


Also on the list, according to Politico, are former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and Ambassador to NATO R. Nicholas Burns and former Undersecretary of State for International Security Affairs and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Frank G. Wisner.


Two letters were sent Monday, one to the House and one to Senate, the website reported. The diplomats state that they are motivated by commitment to an “enduring objective of American policy” and aim to quell fears is not strict enough and inadequately protects Israel.


“We acknowledge that [the deal], does not achieve all of the goals its current detractors have set for it,” the letter states. “But it does meet all of the key goals required for high confidence that, should Iran violate it and move toward building a nuclear weapon, the international intelligence community and the [International Atomic Energy Agency] will discover Iran’s actions early and in sufficient time for strong countermeasures to be taken to stop Iran’s activities.”


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