May 10, 2018
Veterans For Peace condemns the decision of President Trump to pull the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an international agreement to deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The U.S. has no legitimate reason to withdraw from the JCPOA. By all accounts, Iran has remained in total compliance with the restrictions that were imposed by the agreement. By withdrawing, re-imposing harsh economic sanctions, and escalating its hostile rhetoric against Iran, the Trump administration is setting the stage for expanding its presence and decades long war in the region to include Iran.
President Trump's withdrawal from the JCPOA isolates the United States internationally. Along with Iran, this agreement was signed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the U.S., Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France – in addition to Germany and the European Union. The only nations who support the Trump administration's ominous move are Israel and Saudi Arabia, both of which harbor their own plans for domination of the Middle East.
United States' actions are also the height of hypocrisy since the U.S. has refused to sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a treaty that 122 countries endorsed. The withdrawal illustrates that the U.S. government's nuclear policy is rooted in domination and modern colonialism, rather than moving towards a nuclear free-world.
But the duplicity is long standing. The United States has interfered in the internal affairs of Iran for over half a century including a 1953 CIA-engineered coup that overthrew Iran's democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh to install Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, popularly known as the Shah of Iran. The U.S. supported Iraq's Saddam Hussein when he invaded Iran in 1980. The U.S. shot down an Iranian civilian airliner in 1988 killing all 290 people on board, and carried out decades of covert actions and sanctions that have brought suffering to ordinary Iranians.
Veterans For Peace applauds the response so far from Iran and the other signatories to the Iran Nuclear Agreement, who say they will try to maintain this important international agreement, even without the United States. We understand this will not be easy and may not be possible. We call on the Trump Administration to reverse course, to follow the will of the majority of the U.S. people and of the international community. We pledge to resist further aggression against Iran, whether economic, political, diplomatic or military.
Veterans For Peace is committed to a nuclear nuclear weapons-free world and continues to call on the Trump Administration to engage in diplomatic steps towards global elimination of nuclear weapons, starting with concrete steps to reduce and eliminate U.S. nuclear weapons.
Veterans For Peace also calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, Iraq and Yemen, where the U.S. military has joined Saudi Arabia in committing horrendous war crimes. It is time for the U.S. to totally withdraw its military from the Middle East, where it has caused nothing but mass death and mayhem over the last several decades.
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