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Support Peaceful Negotiations with Iran! Oppose New Sanctions!

February 28, 2015 by  
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From the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness

Support Peaceful Negotiations with Iran! Oppose New Sanctions!

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Mt. 5:9).

The 2014 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA passed a resolution in support of negotiations with Iran stating that, “With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we seek to discern what it means to be peacemakers, in the conflict-ridden context of relationships between the U.S. and Iran.” The Assembly called on all participants in the process to refrain from imposing new conditions or new sanctions that would hinder negotiations.

The General Assembly recognized that Iran, as a signatory of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, has the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, on condition that they remain in full compliance with the terms of the treaty, including full allowance for inspection of their nuclear facilities to ensure that these are only for non-military purposes.

Negotiators have made real and substantial progress toward a long-term agreement between the US and Iran that would guard against a nuclear-armed Iran. Both countries are working hard to secure a framework agreement by early spring. But, some in Congress are calling for more sanctions now that would jeopardize the talks.

Click here to contact your members of congress today! Ask them to support peaceful negotiations with Iran!

Please contact your member of congress and tell them to support negotiations with Iran and oppose any new sanctions. Diplomacy with Iran is working. Iran is further from building a nuclear weapon today than it was before the negotiations began. And, there is compelling evidence that a final deal is well within reach.

Next Tuesday, Prime Minister Netanyahu is expected to address congress and ask for more sanctions against Iran at a delicate time of negotiations. It is important for your members of congress to hear from their constituents in support of negotiations.

Contact your members of congress today and ask them to support peace and oppose any new sanctions against Iran! Click here to send a message now!

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