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Coalition: Implementation of Iran Deal and Prisoner Release A Big Win For Diplomacy

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January 16, 2016

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Drew Proctor, drew@winwithoutwar.org

Coalition: Implementation of Iran Deal and Prisoner Release A Big Win For Diplomacy
Urges Congress to “Take Yes for an Answer!”

The Win Without War coalition applauded today’s announcement that the nuclear agreement with Iran has successfully shrunk Iran’s nuclear program and that the Iranian government has released five US citizens. The coalition of national nonprofits also pledged to challenge misguided and partisan attempts to undermine these diplomatic achievements.

“Today, the Obama administration has proven that we can win without war,” said Drew Proctor, Advocacy Director for Win Without War. “The implementation of the historic nuclear agreement with Iran and the release of five US citizens demonstrate the power of diplomacy over war. Of course, we do not expect the naysayers and do-nothings in Congress to praise this historic agreement, but we will demand that they finally stop their relentless attempts to snatch failure from the jaws of a great diplomatic victory.”

“This agreement has made the region – and the world – a safer place by preventing Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon. This is a great deal and a historic opportunity to resolve conflict through diplomacy, not war.”

“The Iran deal has successfully halted Iran’s nuclear program. Iran has disabled two-thirds of its centrifuges, shipped out most of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium, and poured concrete into its plutonium reactor so it can no longer be used to make a bomb. For the first time in nearly a decade, Iran does not have enough enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon.”

“Unfortunately, Congressional opponents of ANY deal with Iran will stop at nothing to scuttle this agreement and put our nation on the path to another war in the Middle East. War hawks have made clear that they will treat the Iran Deal as they have treated the Affordable Care Act: with endless, partisan vote after endless, partisan vote to kill the deal.”

“We will not stand idly by while those who pushed for war with Iraq try to undermine President Obama’s legacy and push us into war with Iran. We congratulate both sides for this historic step forward and demand that Congress give peace and diplomacy a chance.”

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Win Without War is a coalition of national organizations with diverse constituencies totaling over 11 million members. Our members oppose the continued U.S. war in Afghanistan, wasteful spending at the Pentagon, and the over-militarization of America’s foreign policy. We seek national security policies that both meet challenges of the 21st century and are consistent with our nation’s highest values.

For more information, visit www.winwithoutwar.org.

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