Bipartisan group writes President Obama in preparation for P5 + 1 talks in Geneva
The bipartisan group urged the president to only explore diplomatic efforts with Iran if the country makes verifiable efforts towards ending its nuclear program. The group named the four strategic elements, supported by 76 members of the Senate, that must be met before sanctions placed against Iran are suspended.
"As representatives of the P5+1 and the Iranian government prepare to enter another round of negotiations to verifiably end Iran's nuclear weapon program, we reiterate the four strategic elements articulated by 76 Senators to you on August 2, 2013 necessary to achieve resolution of the nuclear issue: (1) an explicit and continuing message that we will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapons capability, (2) a sincere demonstration of openness to negotiations by Iran, (3) the maintenance and toughening of sanctions, and (4) a convincing threat of the use of force," the Senators said.
The group expressed its firm belief that Iran must take action towards ending its nuclear program, including full cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, abiding by the regulations of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and the allowing the implementation ofresolutions of the United Nations Security Council. The group recommended the sanctions placed against Iran remain in place until these conditions are met.
"We remain hopeful that talks next week in Geneva lead to concrete Iranian actions to prove to the world that Iran does not seek a nuclear weapons capability," the Senators said. "However, if Iranian actions fail to match the rhetorical reassurances of the last two weeks, we are prepared to move forward with new sanctions to increase pressure on the government in Tehran."