Iran: Resources for Supporting Diplomacy
Our Policy on Iran
J Street believes that Iran obtaining nuclear weapons would pose a very serious threat to American and Israeli interests and to peace and stability in the Middle East and around the world. J Street strongly condemns the Iranian regime’s vile anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric, its outrageous support for acts of international terrorism, its destabilizing and bloody meddling in the affairs of its neighbors, and its deplorable domestic human rights record.
J Street therefore strongly endorses American and international efforts to ensure that Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon. We have supported the Obama administration’s approach on the issue, which has emphasized strong international sanctions leading to diplomacy.
To that end, J Street lobbied for the passage of multiple rounds of strong sanctions against the Iranian regime. We also supported President Obama’s early and successful effort to secure unprecedented multilateral sanctions through the United Nations Security Council.
J Street welcomed the P5+1 Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) with Iran to freeze and roll back its nuclear program as a necessary and constructive first step toward the widely-shared goal of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
J Street also welcomed the historic framework for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached in international negotiations on Iran's nuclear program on April 2, 2015. As President Barack Obama outlined shortly after the framework was announced, it is essential that the final months of negotiations result in an agreement that cuts off each of Iran's potential pathways to acquiring the fissile material necessary for a nuclear weapon. That agreement must also put in place intrusive inspections and verification methods to ensure that Iran complies with its obligations. We look forward to evaluating the final terms of such an agreement upon or before the June 30, 2015 end of the negotiating period.
With the critical details of a comprehensive agreement yet to be worked out, it is more important than ever that Congress not take actions that will undermine America's negotiators at the table. There must also be no question that, if a final agreement ultimately cannot be reached, the United States is not to blame. We therefore continue to oppose new sanctions legislation currently before the Senate, and remain committed to working with Senators and Members of Congress toward legislation that provides for robust and responsible Congressional oversight of Iranian compliance with any agreement reached.
The diplomatic path being pursued by the United States and its international partners remains better than all the other alternative approaches to dealing with Iran. Military action would delay but not completely destroy the Iranian program, while dragging the United States and Israel into a costly and bloody war.
Similarly, unilaterally ratcheting up sanctions aimed at forcing Iran to accept even more stringent terms would be viewed by our negotiating partners and the world as violating the terms of the JPOA and a gratuitous step. Far from forcing Iran to make additional concessions, it would likely result in less pressure on Iran as the multilateral sanctions regime orchestrated by the United States collapsed. Iran’s program would again be unrestrained and unmonitored, putting us back on the path to military confrontation or a nuclear-armed Iran.
What the White House Says
Organizational, Expert and Congressional Support for the Framework