WAND Special Statement on the Historic Announcement between the P5+1 and Iran
April 2, 2015
After a year and a half of intense negotiations, the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, and Germany) and Iran have announced an historic framework for a final agreement to continue to limit Iran’s nuclear program. Today’s announcement is a potent symbol of the progress that has been made in guarding against both a nuclear Iran and war.
WAND is proud that the United States and its partners pursued the path of peaceful negotiations. Today, we are a step closer to avoiding war. We know that approach too well; Americans and our international brothers and sisters have been paying for wars in blood and treasure for far too long.
The agreed framework continues to block Iran’s uranium and plutonium pathways to a nuclear weapon and requires extensive, intrusive, and unprecedented monitoring and verification of Iran’s facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency. These components move Iran farther away from building a nuclear weapon.
It is now up to the parties to begin writing the technical details of the Comprehensive Joint Plan of Action. In the interim, we urge Congress to play a constructive role. WAND has long championed a robust legislative branch and proper oversight of the executive; in this way, we believe that the House and Senate must exercise vigilance while avoiding intervening in ways that could jeopardize the final agreement. In short, given this momentous and historic opportunity, we hope that Congress will let diplomacy work.
Susan Shaer, WAND Executive Director
Karen Jacob, WAND, Inc. Board Chair
Charleta B. Tavares, WAND Education Fund Board Chair