The Arms Control Association praised the implementation of the Iran Nuclear Deal as a “historic milestone” on January 16.
In Washington D.C., EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States completed requirements for implementing “the historic July 14 nuclear deal, which blocks Iran’s pathways to nuclear weapons and strengthens the global nonproliferation regime.”
“This hard-won nonproliferation victory demonstrates the international community’s commitment to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and significantly diminishes the future prospect of an Iranian nuclear arsenal.”
Founded in 1971, the Washington D.C.-based ACA is described as “a national nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies.”
ACA Executive Director Daryl G. Kimball told Iowa Free Press, “The announcement by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran has completed the steps required by the July 2015 nuclear deal is very good news for U.S. and international security.”
“The benefits cannot be denied and they should be welcomed by all serious political leaders and presidential aspirants,” Kimball said.
International inspectors reported on Saturday that Iran has dismantled large sections of its nuclear program to comply with the agreement, which led to the US lifting sanctions involving finance and oil it imposed on Iran.
US Secretary of State John Kerry issued a public statement on January 16 confirming that “Iran has fully implemented its required commitments as specified in Sections 15.1-15.11 of Annex V of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”
“The U.S. sanctions-related commitments described in Sections 17.1-17.5 of Annex V of the JCPOA are now in effect,” Kerry said.
When asked about the impact the deal would have on the caucuses and the 2016 election, Kimball expressed concern for some of the presidential hopefuls about their attitudes toward this policy, particularly within the GOP.
“In their effort to round up votes, several of the Republican presidential candidates will probably continue to promise to shred the agreement if elected,” Kimball said.
With every Republican candidate publicly opposed to the nuclear deal negotiated between the US and Iran, Kimball added that the GOP’s position “is not a serious approach.”
“The agreement is not perfect,” Kimball said. “Iran still engages in reprehensible behavior. But scrapping the nuclear deal would be a monumental disaster because it would reopen the door to an Iranian nuclear bomb, totally isolate the United States from our European allies and international partners, and put us on the path to a full-blown military conflict with Iran.”
“It’s is clearly in the U.S. interest to continue work to ensure full Iranian compliance with the nuclear agreement and to meet our end of the bargain,” Kimball said.