On the morning of July 14, Americans awoke to incredible news.
After months of diplomacy, negotiators of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Germany and the European Union achieved a long-term nuclear deal with Iran.
This deal is comprehensive and ensures a peaceful path of Iran’s nuclear program by blocking Iran’s four possible paths to acquiring uranium or plutonium, which are key ingredients to creating a nuclear bomb.
In the deal, Iran’s commitments include giving up the bulk of its nuclear program, reducing its number of installed centrifuges by two-thirds, removing all of its advanced centrifuges, reducing its stockpile of enriched uranium by 97 percent, destroying its Arak heavy-water reactor, which could produce a plutonium bomb and open its doors to routine inspections by the international community.
In return, the global community will remove some of the crushing economic sanctions placed on Iran, which I may add, were instituted with the purpose of derailing its nuclear program. Sanctions related to Iran’s ballistic missiles, violations of human rights and support of terrorism will still be in place and if any violation of the Iran Nuclear Deal should occur, there is a “snapped back” mechanism within the deal to reinstate previously lifted sanctions.
This is an astoundingly good deal. It prevents the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran, circumvents yet another unnecessary U.S.-led war in the Middle East and ushers in a new historic era of diplomacy in the region.
To pass, it needs congressional support. A vote for the Iran Deal is a vote for peace and I urge our members of congress to publicly advocate and support this path.
As a first-generation Iranian American, the acceptance of the Iran Nuclear Deal is especially important to me.
Immigrants from Iran, my parents met here in the United States with very little resources but an incredible work ethic and selflessness rooted in the Persian culture, yet aligned perfectly within the ideals of the American dream. Eventually, they set their roots here in Orlando. My father worked two jobs while making his way through school at UCF and my mother worked full time for minimum wage at a department store.
They worked tirelessly to ensure that my sister, brother and I could go to college, pursue our passions and make better lives for ourselves. However, most of our family still resides in Iran. They are educated, passionate, and hope for a day where they can have the same opportunities we have here in the United States.
The Iran Nuclear Deal is the first step for that hope to become a reality. A chance for the United States and Iran to follow a peaceful path, for the international community’s focus to redirect from weapons of war and to human rights. It's a chance for my aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family to be connected to the global community, seeking tangible change and progress in Iran.
If Congress kills this deal, Iran could unfreeze its nuclear program, which means either Iran gets a nuclear bomb or we have to fight another war in the Middle East.
This historic agreement is an opportunity to resolve one of America’s biggest security concerns through diplomacy, not war, and usher in a new future in diplomatic relations between Iran and the rest of the global community.
This deal is good for the United States and it is good for the entire global community.
Urge your lawmaker to vote for peace by visiting niacaction.org/vote4peace.
Ida Eskamani is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.