STATEMENT: Lawrence J. Korb on Joint Plan of Action Implementation Agreement
Washington, D.C. — Today, the Obama administration announced that an agreement between the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran had been reached on the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action, or JPA, signed in November. As with the signing of the JPA, today’s agreement marks another significant step toward the goal of preventing an Iranian nuclear weapon. Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
Over the next six months, in which the parties will work to reach a comprehensive agreement that fully addresses the international community’s concerns over Iran’s nuclear program, it is essential that all parties refrain from provocative actions that could diminish trust and complicate already difficult negotiations. With this in mind, Congress should refrain from passing further sanctions measures during this period.
Ensuring that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon is an important American and global concern. Through energetic, sustained diplomacy, the United States and its partners have forged unprecedented international unity around this issue and created an opportunity to advance our shared security.
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