Bipartisan Group of National Security Leaders Applaud Agreement with Iran

July 20, 2015 Washington DC— On July 20, 2015, a bipartisan group of 60 National Security Leaders applauded the recently announced Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Signatories to the letter include renowned diplomat, national security leaders, and members of Congress.  Among the many distinguished leaders who signed the letter are Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State; Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader; William Perry, former Secretary of Defense; and General Brent Scowcroft, former U.S. National Security Advisor.

The letter exalts the JCPOA’s role in strengthening some of “America’s most important national objectives,” including nonproliferation and the security of our Middle Eastern allies, specifically citing Israel.  While the letter addresses the fact that the agreement is imperfect, it recognizes the necessity of the deal.  Without it, the National Security Leaders claim, “the risks to the security of the U.S. and its friends would be far greater.”  The message shows support for Congressional involvement in the oversight and monitoring of the nuclear agreement.   The signatories hope that Congress will support the Iran Deal because a rejection of such a deal could cause the U.S. to “use military force unilaterally.”

The statement supports the results of PAAIA’s 2015 Public Opinion Survey which show that both Iranian Americans and the American public at large are supportive of a nuclear agreement with Iran. 

The letter was published by The Iran Project which is a bipartisan organization composed of national security leaders who support official talks with Iran to head off an Iranian nuclear weapon and improve U.S. national security.

Click here for easily accessible information about the nuclear negotiations and the JCPOA.

Click here to read the full text of the letter.

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