On Friday, October 13th, President Trump “decertified” the nuclear deal with Iran under U.S. law. Dismissing recent statements of U.S. allies, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and even members of his own cabinet - all of whom have maintained that Iran has upheld its contractual obligations - President Trump emphatically accused Iran of “not living up to the spirit of the deal.” As an immediate consequence of decertification, the Republican-controlled Congress will now have 60 days to vote as to whether or not to reimpose sanctions on Iran that were suspended in 2015 as part of the agreement.
Even Republicans who were skeptical of the initial deal are now urging Congress to support it. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Republican Ed Royce said that despite his belief that the deal is “flawed,” the U.S. “must now enforce the hell out of it.” And in an emphatic response denouncing President Trump’s decision, John Kerry, former Secretary of State who was a signatory to the original agreement, released a statement on Friday calling on Congress to preserve the essence of the deal. He warned that Trump’s decertification “would unravel the agreement once and for all, leaving our allies to blame the United States, squandering our leadership and our leverage.”
In an effort to prevent Congress from reimposing sanctions - thereby starting the U.S. down the slippery slope of dissolution of the deal and, as John Kerry warns, leaving “America isolated, America alone, and the Middle East on the brink,” - Call your representatives in Congress and urge them to vote “no” to reimposing sanctions on Iran!
You can use the following script:
Hello, my name is [NAME] and I am one of your constituents calling from [ADDRESS INCLUDING ZIP CODE]. I'm calling to urge [NAME] to oppose reinstituting the sanctions on Iran that were suspended in 2015 as part of the JCPOA. Even members of the President’s cabinet such as National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson agree that staying in the deal serves U.S. national security interests. It is critical that as long as Iran is in compliance with the deal, the U.S. show the world and its allies that it can keep its word and its shared commitments.