Peace Action Statement on first step nuclear agreement with Iran
For Immediate Release: November 23, 2013
Contacts: Kevin Martin, Peace Action, 301-537-8244 cell
Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell, email@example.com
Peace Action Praises Iran Deal
Washington, DC — November 23, 2013 — On the eve of a historic deal with Iran on its nuclear program, Peace Action praised the use of diplomacy and called on continued efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
“Just like Syria, diplomacy is solving our disagreements with Iran. We want to see Iran step back from the possibility of obtaining nuclear weapons, while the U.S. and others ease sanctions that unfairly affect average Iranians,” observed Kevin Martin, the executive director of Peace Action — a group founded in 1957, the largest grassroots peace organization in the U.S that has been working on the Iran issue since 2005.
Iran will freeze and provide more transparency to its nuclear program for six months while a more comprehensive agreement is reached. This deal is supported by the world community, is in the best interest of the U.S. and shows that all sides compromised for the betterment of all.
The group pointed out that there is huge power in diplomacy solving disputes yet it only gets a fraction of the budget the U.S. spends on the Pentagon. Several Peace Action staff got the rare opportunity to travel throughout Iran finding average Iranians open and wanting peace.
Unlike Iran, Israel has an undeclared nuclear weapons arsenal that groups like Peace Action would like to see more transparency and work towards a treaty to free the Middle East from weapons of mass destruction.
“As diplomacy is working with Iran, we need to double our efforts of ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Experts agree the U.S. does not need, nor can it afford its current stockpile of thousands of deployed and reserved warheads,” concluded Martin.
Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to the conflicts with Afghanistan and Iran. The public may learn more and take action at http://www.Peace-Action.org. For more up-to-date peace insider information, follow Peace Action’s political director on Twitter. http://twitter.com/PaulKawika