Peace Action Statement on "Implementation Day"

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Peace Action Applauds Iran Agreement Success; Urges Similar Diplomatic Efforts with Syria and North Korea

Washington, DC — January 16, 2016 — In response to today’s announcement that all parties (The United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany — the P5 + 1), including Iran, have implemented their responsibilities under the agreement reached last July 14 that has significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions against the country, Paul Kawika Martin the policy and political director of Peace Action (the largest peace group in the U.S. founded on abolishing nuclear weapons) who has been working on the Iran issue for over eight years and had the rare opportunity to spend time in Iran and enjoyed hospitality from its people and its vast culture, made the following statement:

“Successful diplomacy has moved Iran from a possible timeline of a few months to over a year away from having the fissile material needed to make a crude nuclear weapon if it so chose. This historic agreement, now implemented, makes the U.S. and the world a safer place.

“The implementation of the agreement proves that diplomacy works.  Instead of isolation, sanctions that don’t affect leaders or military intervention that costs vast amounts of blood and treasure and untold long-term costs and unintended consequences, the U.S. used dialogue, negotiations and the international community to solve conflict.

“The U.S. should continue to use diplomacy with Iran to tackle issues like human rights and regional security that will further reduce Middle East tensions.

“Additionally, we should take lessons learned and continue diplomacy to bring about a cease-fire within Syria and finalize a political solution to end its civil war.

“In particular, the U.S should heed its success of negotiating with Iran without preconditions to re-enter into six-party talks with North Korea and drop its demand of preconditions for continued dialogue.

“Lastly, this success shows that excessive Pentagon spending needs to be replaced with more diplomatic tools to solve international conflicts without the horrendous costs of military intervention.”


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 For more up-to-date peace insider information, follow Peace Action’s political director on Twitter.

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  • Jeffrey Dickemann

    Please please! Every org I receive an email from is celebrating and commenting positively. THAT’S NOT ENOUGH. Why isn’t anyone creating an ACTION LETTER PRAISING OUR SECTY OF STATE AND LAUDING DIPLOMACY INSTEAD OF WAR??? Don’t you want the voice of the American people to be heard on this issue???? I do not understand the laggardly response, the unwillingness to take action and use the full force of the internet to underline to the GOV the importance of this breakthroug. GET IT TOGETHER!!!! JeffreyDate: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 01:55:02 +0000 To:

  • Jon Rainwater

    You are so right Jeffrey, this is a critical time and we will be using the full force of the internet to promote this accomplishment and oppose efforts to undermine it with new sanctions. But like with the other organizations you allude to we decided a Saturday night on a holiday weekend is not a good time for maximizing impact on a call to action. So I’m not sure your all-caps-laden critique about a “unwillingness to take action” or “laggardly response” is quite fair. Stay tuned as we will offer our supporters dozens of chances to stay active over the coming days and weeks. In the mean time deep breaths might be in order.

  • Bill Hessell

    Successful diplomacy is hard, under-appreciated work. It’s easy to criticize negotiations, and easy to threaten military action. The war hawks in our nation should be ashamed of choosing the easy route, and risking lives through warfare. Congratulations to Obama and Kerry.

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