4D PAC Statement on Iran Agreement

WITH RESERVATIONS, 4D PAC SUPPORTS IRAN AGREEMENT


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
July 16, 2015

CONTACT
Connor Goddard, Press Secretary: connor@4dpac.com


WASHINGTON, D.C.  4D PAC President Jim Arkedis issued the following statement in response to the announcement of the P5+1 agreement with Iran to restrict its nuclear program:

In 1994, the Clinton Administration concluded tiring negotiations with North Korea to reach an agreement limiting that country's nuclear program. The deal fell apart just a few years later for one reason: Pyongyang cheated.

While no two situations are identical, we must consider past failings while evaluating the current nuclear nonproliferation agreement between the international community and Iran.

There is much to dislike about the content of this agreement.

  • The verification process is hardly airtight, as inspectors are not given "anytime, anywhere" access and Iran has the ability to dispute inspection requests. The agreement would give Iran 24 days to hide illicit nuclear material at undeclared sites;
  • Removing the unrelated United Nations arms embargo and ballistic missile sanctions against Iran after five and eight years, respectively, could quickly strengthen Iran's military and encourage other in the region to upgrade their arsenals;
  • Too much of Iran's nuclear infrastructure will continue to exist. The underground Fordow facility, for instance, will be modified, but permitted to enrich again after 15 years, and R&D will continue unabated elsewhere;
  • Many other critical provisions expire in 10 and 15 years.

These concessions may result in serious harm to long-term international security. The question that Congress – and the world – now has before it is whether this imperfect agreement is better than the alternatives.

If the deal holds over time, international diplomacy will have frozen Iran's nuclear weapons program for more than a decade, and it will have significantly lengthened the "breakout time" for Iran to acquire a weapon. Moreover the significant restrictions placed on uranium enrichment, the removal of the heavy water plutonium reactor at Arak, and the creation of a dispute settlement mechanism outside of the United Nations Security Council veto power could mean that agreement lasts much longer than a decade. Those are real benefits worth pursuing. 

At this crucial stage, should the United States Congress reject the deal, the international coalition against Iran – and the crippling sanctions regime it put into place – would fray and Tehran would be incentivized to begin ramping up their nuclear program.

We remain uncertain of the long-term outcomes of the deal, but it is better than the alternatives. That's why 4D PAC believes this imperfect agreement deserves the opportunity to be implemented. We encourage Members of the House and Senate to support this deal.

We call on Congress to remain vigilant of Iran's adherence to this agreement, and we encourage Members to continue confronting Tehran on all security fronts, from Iran's abysmal human rights record to its support for international terrorism and its threats against Israel. Finally, the United States must engage our nervous allies across the region to address their concerns, improve international security, and examine all options in pursuit of long-term peace.

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