U.S. Peace Movement Must Mobilize to Prevent Congress from Killing the Iran Nuclear Accord

Posted July 22, 2015

MP3 Interview with Jamal Abdi, National Iranian American Council Action executive director, conducted by Scott Harris

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Iran, the United States and permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, France, Russia and China along with Germany – signed a historic agreement in Vienna on July 14 that is designed to limit Iran's nuclear capabilities to peaceful, civilian purposes. In exchange, the UN will over time lift economic sanctions, allowing the Islamic Republic to resume international trade and gain access to billions of dollars that had been frozen. The 15-member UN Security Council unanimously approved the accord on July 20, as did the European Union.

While U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani applauded the breakthrough agreement, conservative, primarily Republican opponents of the nuclear deal, vowed to gather enough votes in the U.S. Congress to win a resolution of disapproval and override a promised presidential veto of such a measure.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a longtime opponent of negotiations with Iran, has said he'll personally pressure U.S. lawmakers to derail the accord. The government of U.S. ally Saudi Arabia and leaders of the Gulf monarchies have also expressed grave concerns about the nuclear agreement. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jamal Abdi, Action executive director with The National Iranian American Council, who discusses the significant accomplishments of the Iran nuclear agreement, and his view that the U.S. peace movement must now mobilize to prevent Congress from killing the Iran nuclear accord, an outcome that would likely lead to a new war.

For more information visit The National Iranian American Council at niacouncil.org and NIAC Action at niacaction.org.

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