UPDATES: P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations Resource Center

May 8, 2015, Washington, D.C. – Like much of the world, Iranian Americans have followed the Iran nuclear negotiations and ensuing developments with great interest. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a resource page that provides easily accessible information about the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the members of the P5+1 (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany). 

The resource page includes a compilation of information provided by the U.S. government on the negotiations as well as viewpoints from members of Congress, editorials from leading news sources, and analyses from foreign policy and national security experts. 

While PAAIA supports efforts to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the decade-long stalemate over Iran’s nuclear program, we recognize the importance of ensuring that Iranian Americans are well informed and aware of the positions held by their elected officials and others related to this matter. 

Set forth below is a collection of the most recent updates to the P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations Resource Center.

 *The views expressed in these articles are solely the views of author or the interviewee, and should not be attributed to the views of PAAIA.*


Congressional Statements

May 7, 2015 –

U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Il-9)  made the following statement about the diplomacy letter:

“This letter reflects wide support for the agreement as outlined in the framework,” Rep. Schakowsky told me. “If there is a vote in the Congress to disapprove of the final agreement, and it is an agreement that reflects the framework, then I think we have enough votes in the Congress to sustain a veto.”

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April 30, 2015 –

U.S. Representative John Boehner (R-OH-8) made the following statement regarding congressional review of a potential agreement with Iran.

“We’re getting closer to making sure Congress can review any potential agreement with Iran.   And Iran, by its words and its actions, is showing exactly why we need this type of accountability.”

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U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA-28) made the following statement about a potential agreement with Iran:

“If this agreement is not good enough to keep other nations near Iran from starting nuclear programs—Egypt, Turkey, and the Gulf states—if it’s not enough to stop a nuclear-arms race in the region, then we haven’t accomplished very much.”

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April 29, 2015 –

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) made the following statement regarding Obama’s handling of the nuclear negotiations with Iran:

As the nuclear negotiations with Iran reach their final phase, President Obama increasingly finds himself at odds with reality. Although the United States has worked for years to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons while limiting Tehran’s attempts to be a regional hegemon, the president’s desperation to secure a deal ­- at whatever cost -­ places both of these goals at serious risk.”

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Carl Giacomo, The Fate of the Iran Deal in Congress: May 7, 2015

“The best thing that can be said about the 98-1 Senate vote approving Iran-related legislation on Thursday was that it did not make a flawed bill any worse.”

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Greg Sargent, The odds of an Iran nuclear deal just got higher: May 7, 2015

“One hundred and fifty House Democrats have now signed a letter expressing strong support for President Obama’s ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, I’ve learned, improving the chances that an eventual nuclear deal could survive the Congressional oversight process.”

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Ilan Goldenberg and Robert D. Kaplan, The Geopolitics of the Iran Nuclear Deal: May 7, 2015

“As the United States and Iran near an historic nuclear agreement there is an intense debate about whether a deal represents capitulation to Iranian interests in the Middle East or an opportunity to help stabilize the region. If the United States and its partners learn the lessons of previous nuclear negotiations with Iran, and pursue a tightly coordinated strategy in the region, there is a potential over the next few years to ameliorate the conflict-ridden Middle East. For the deal itself is only half the challenge: the other half is to craft a geopolitical framework following the deal that constrains Iranian ambitions.”

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Robert L. Gallucci and Joel S. Wit, Nuclear Knowledge: What North Korea Says About Iran: May 5, 2015

“A recent Foreign Affairs article by Max Boot and Sue Mi Terry—“The Wrong Lessons from North Korea: Avoiding a Nuclear Iran”—attacks a piece we wrote in the New York Times about the real lessons of the United States’ efforts to stop North Korea from going nuclear. Although everyone knows the old bromide “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” it is essential not just to remember the past but also to understand it. From our perspective as participants in U.S. nuclear talks with North Korea, Boot and Terry’s argument fails that test.”

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3 Flaws in Iran Nuclear Framework That Could Undermine a Final Deal , Michael Singh: April 28, 2015

“Most of the debate about the Iran nuclear agreement framework announced April 2 has focused on whether it is a good or bad deal. This misses a deeper question: whether the deal as outlined can work. And three design flaws may ultimately spell its doom regardless of who succeeds Barack Obama as president.”

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Paul Kawika Martin, Iran nuke deal:  April 27, 2015

“The historic framework to control Iran’s nuclear program reached by the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom and France, plus Germany (P5+1), when finalized, will make Israel and the world more secure by thwarting all of Iran’s pathways to make a nuclear weapon and using unprecedented inspections and monitoring to ensure compliance. Without an agreement, by contrast, Iran could produce enough fissile material to make one crude nuclear weapon in a matter of weeks, should it choose to do so, and the threat of war would increase dramatically.”

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Sue Mi Terry and Max Boot, The Wrong Lessons From North Korea: Avoiding a Nuclear Iran: April 22, 2015

“The case of North Korea clearly exposes the dangers of the United States seeking a nuclear agreement with a state that has no intention of abiding by one. The 1994 U.S.-North Korean Agreed Framework, which called on North Korea to freeze the operation and construction of nuclear reactors, collapsed within a decade of its signing. In 2006, North Korea conducted its first nuclear test, and today it is a full-fledged nuclear power. The United States’ experience with North Korea should make it wary of similar nuclear negotiations, especially with Iran.”

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