UU’s: “Tell Congress: Let Diplomacy Work”

UU’s: “Tell Congress: Let Diplomacy Work”

Please support the MoveOn petition, “Tell Congress: Let Diplomacy Work,” at http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-congress-defend?source=s.fwd&r_by=12735222

The petition reads, “Support the framework for a nuclear deal with Iran and the ongoing negotiations—and reject any measures that would sabotage diplomacy. The alternative to diplomacy is war—give peace a chance.”

American international negotiators have scored a breakthrough step for our nation: a framework that can ensure Iran can only have a peaceful nuclear program through rigorous inspections and verification. This is a very significant foreign policy accomplishment of the Obama administration, and promises of a peaceful path with Iran, rather than a rush to war.

As Unitarian Universalists we have long supported nuclear non-proliferation negotiations with Iran. In 2008 the General Assembly passed an Action of Immediate Witness, “Oppose a U.S. Attack on Iran.” It included a call to “ensure that information on Iran provided to the public by this administration is accurate; support negotiations for a nuclear weapons—free Middle East, as required by United Nations Security Council Resolution 687, and for the global abolition of nuclear weapons.” { http://www.uua.org/statements/oppose-us-attack-iran ]

In 2009 the UU General Assembly passed the Action of Immediate Witness, “U.S. Ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).” It states our Seven Principles and underscored these “values which would be flagrantly violated by the massive killing of civilians by the lasting harm to the global environment, which would result from any use of nuclear weapons.” [ http://www.uua.org/statements/us-ratification-comprehensive-nuclear-test-ban-treaty-ctbt ]

In 2010 the General Assembly passed the Statement of Conscience “Creating Peace” in which “We covenant to advocate vigorously for policies and participate in practices that move our nation toward collaborative leadership in building a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.” [ http://www.uua.org/statements/creating-peace%5D

This framework contains the core element the U.S. was seeking in an agreement. Iran has accepted the maximum level of transparency and verification ever during the history of proliferation. Even transparency verification measures beyond the current nonproliferation treaty NPT.

Please support the MoveOn petition, “Tell Congress: Let Diplomacy Work,” at http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-congress-defend?source=s.fwd&r_by=12735222

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