The deal that will likely become law this summer between the United States and Iran over the latter nation’s nuclear weapons program hasn’t seen many supporters since the progress report was made in a speech last week by President Barack Obama.
However, supporters of the deal are beginning to speak out for the first time and avoiding the critics’ talking points that have been discussed since the beginning of March.
A letter signed by 30 individuals who specialize in international studies, particularly with nuclear nonproliferation studies, praised the negotiations as a “vitally important step forward” for international peace and security.
“When implemented, it will put in place an effective, verifiable, enforceable, long-term plan to guard against the possibility of a new nuclear-armed state in the Middle East,” said the statement released on Monday (April 6).
Some of the endorsers of the letter include many government officials, who have or are currently employed by the Obama administration. U.S. Ambassador and Counselor for the White House National Security Council Brooke Anderson, Robert Einhorn, former Iranian negotiator and former U.S. Department of State Special Advisor and former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering were among the 30 signatures approving the letter and negotiations.
Despite this support, other prominent members of the Democratic Party have lambasted the law, saying what many Republicans have repeatedly stated – that Congress should have the final say on whether the deal is approved or not.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York), considered to be one of the most influential voices in politics, questioned the Obama administration’s position on this highly controversial issue.
“This is a very serious issue that deserves careful consideration, and I expect to have a classified briefing in the near future. I strongly believe Congress should have the right to disapprove any agreement and I support the Corker bill which would allow that to occur,” Schumer previously wrote in a statement to news website Politico.
The "Corker bill" is a proposed legislation from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) that states Congress may vote on suspending the removal of sanctions on Iran, instead of allowing President Barack Obama to approve of the Iran deal on his own, much like his executive orders on other topics.
Other Democrats, such as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) have also come out in support of the Corker legislation.
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