The Iran deal

The United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany reached a historic agreement July 14 with Iran concerning its nuclear program. Called the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” the agreement would prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. The agreement would put in place unprecedented international monitoring and inspection of Iran nuclear facilities.

The agreement represents a victory for diplomacy over war.

The agreement represents a victory for diplomacy over war.

Action: Call, write, email, tweet or visit your members of Congress. Urge them to support and advocate for the Iran deal.

  • U.S. Capitol switchboard: (855) 686-6927 (toll-free number compliments of the Friends Committee on National Legislation)

Congress will be in recess during August. Please plan to visit your members of Congress in their local offices or attend their town hall meetings to urge support for the Iran deal.

Talking points

  • The deal blocks Iran’s pathways to nuclear weapons.
  • The deal is not based on trust. Rigorous and unprecedented inspections will detect any Iranian attempt to renege on the deal.
  • Sanctions relief depends on Iran’s willingness to abide by its commitments under the deal.
  • There is no “better deal later.” Rejecting this deal put us on the path to war.

United Methodist Church position

“The 2008 General Conference of The United Methodist Church calls upon the President … and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to immediately work with all deliberate speed toward a peaceful resolution of issues with Iran” (#6141. War & Peace with Iran, North Korea, & the World,” 2012 Book of Resolutions).

Background resources

Christ will restore creation. Christ is our peace. We have a world to love and nurture. In these promises, we live our lives.

Editor's note: Mark Harrison directs the Peace with Justice Program at the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society.


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