Americans reject Trump beating war drums
Americans are calling on members of Congress to rein in the Trump administration's hawkish policy toward Iran.
Iran Press/America: Amid rampant warnings that the drums of war are beating since US President Donald Trump ditched the Iran nuclear deal last year, more than 50 pro-democracy groups representing millions of Americans are calling on members of Congress to rein in the Trump administration's hawkish policy toward Iran—which has included crippling economic sanctions—and instead push for diplomacy, Common Dreams News Center reported.
"The Iran deal blocked Iran's paths to a nuclear bomb. It's good for US security and for our allies," charged CREDO Action, one of the groups backing the call.
Iran maintains that it does not plan to pursue a nuclear weapons program and, according to the UN watchdog, has remained complaint with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) while working with European leaders to salvage the deal.
As the groups outlined in a statement on Wednesday, their specific demands for federal lawmakers are:
Support for the JCPOA and returning the United States to compliance with the agreement.
Opposition to sanctions that disrupt any party's implementation of the JCPOA, prevent the United States from coming back into compliance with the JCPOA in the future, disproportionately impact Iranian civilians rather than country's officials engaged in illicit or destabilizing activities, block necessary humanitarian and medical supplies from reaching the country.
Support for good faith diplomacy toward additional agreements as the preferred basis for addressing further concerns about Iranian activity; and opposition to starting a war of choice with Iran.
"Lawmakers must stand firmly against the Trump administration efforts to drag the US into another disastrous war in the Middle East," tweeted Colleen Moore of Beyond the Bomb, which also signed on to the statement.
Other signatories include Demand Progress, Foreign Policy for America, Global Zero, Indivisible, Jewish Voice for Peace, Move On, Peace Action, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Win Without War.
The demands were issued a day after House Democrats put out a damning report alleging that, according to government whistle blowers, there are efforts inside the White House to rush the transfer of highly sensitive US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia—efforts which may be ongoing, potentially violate federal law, and come without the consent of Congress.
Responding to the news on Twitter Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who played a key role in securing the nuclear deal, slammed the US government for its 'hypocrisy.'
Day by day it becomes clearer to the world what was always clear to us: neither human rights nor a nuclear program have been the real concern of the U.S. First a dismembered journalist; now illicit sale of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia fully expose #USHypocrisy.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) 20 February 2019
The push for diplomacy also follows a US-led summit in Poland last week where Vice President Mike Pence, US Secre' confronting Iran' while Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani called for regime change.105/201