Why the Iran Deal is Vital

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 23, 2015
Secretary Kerry Speaks Before SFRC on the Iran Deal

After many months of principled diplomacy, the P5+1 -- the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, and Germany -- along with the European Union, have achieved a long-term comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran that will verifiably prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and ensure that Iran's nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful going forward.

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the Iran deal before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he joined Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in outlining why the Iran nuclear deal is vital.  Secretary Kerry said, "...The choice we face is between an agreement that will ensure Iran's nuclear program is limited, rigorously scrutinized, and wholly peaceful, or no deal at all. That's the choice."

As it stands today, Iran has a large stockpile of enriched uranium and nearly 20,000 centrifuges, enough to create 8 to 10 bombs. If Iran decided to rush to make a bomb without the deal in place, it would take them 2 to 3 months until they had enough weapon-ready uranium (or highly enriched uranium) to build their first nuclear weapon. Left unchecked, that stockpile and that number of centrifuges would grow exponentially, practically guaranteeing that Iran could create a bomb -- and create one quickly -- if it so chose.

This deal removes the key elements needed to create a bomb and prolongs Iran’s breakout time from 2-3 months to 1 year or more if Iran broke its commitments. Importantly, Iran won’t garner any new sanctions relief until the IAEA confirms that Iran has followed through with its end of the deal. And should Iran violate any aspect of this deal, the United Nations, United States, and European Union can snap the sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy back into place.

"The truth is that the Vienna Plan will provide a stronger, more comprehensive, more lasting means of limiting Iran's nuclear program than any alternative that has been spoken of. And to those who are thinking about opposing the deal because of what might happen in year 15 or 16 or 20, remember: If we walk away, year 15 or 16 or 20 starts tomorrow, and without any of the long-term verification or transparency safeguards that we have put in place," Secretary Kerry said.

 
In conclusion, Secretary Kerry said, "The only viable option here is a comprehensive, diplomatic resolution of the type that was reached in Vienna. And that deal we believe will make our country and our allies safer. … We believe this is a good deal for the world, a good deal for America, a good deal for our allies and friends in the region, and we think it does deserve your support."
 
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Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
July 25, 2015
Have a good weekend ! :) Also, trust is something we all need to work on, if we want a peaceful future. We need to stop thinking the worst of people before anything even happens. Building trust with other countries is a positive step for everyone. Just because bad things may have happened in the past , you don't just give up on people or their countries, because of the mistakes we may have all made in the past. We are only human ! Or are we ? LOL :)
Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
July 26, 2015
Waiting 8-15 years for trade in missiles they already have is a good idea. By then they will be out of date, and no one would sells their newest weapons technology to anyone, anyways... :) It's out of date technology. :) It's a good deal ! Stop messing it up ! LOL :)
Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
July 26, 2015
I would like to see some of these people on the News that are against our deal with Iran be on the frontline when the war starts. Since they are so supportive of our country going to war with Iran. Maybe they should fight it for us, since they are so supportive of starting wars for us. Put your words where your mouth is, and you fight the war. And I don't care how old you are, if you start it, you finish it ! I would like a law where if you open your big mouth and start a war, you have to fight in it. : )
Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
July 26, 2015
A group of people who have been screwed for most of their lives is not going to jump up and be coming for jobs. Has any one heard of depression and what happens to people I guess they should jump up and say thank god these people are not a--holes. We should go back to work now ! I don't think it works that way !!!! 20 years ago I made 7.00 $ in a low paying job in DC, you should be a shame of what you have done to this country. Horrible !!!!
Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
July 26, 2015
I would like to see the news people fight our wars , sense they start them ! Let's lower the age limit and get us all involved in our wars. I'm sure our news people would love to be involved in our wars, sense they support them..
Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
July 26, 2015
We are the "Great Satan" , do we have to pay a copy rights fee, I think that name is taken already ! :) What book are you reading ?

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