On July 14, 2015, the P5+1 (the US, UK, China, Russia, France and Germany – with EU facilitation) announced the finalization of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. The final agreement, which emerged after 20 months of negotiations, significantly scales back Iran’s nuclear program for a period of 10 to 15 years, in exchange for the lifting sanctions against Iran.
National Director Jonathan Greenblatt explains ADL's profound concerns with the agreement and calls on Congress to vote no. At the same time, regardless of the outcome of a vote in Congress, he writes, "we see an opportunity for all sides to find new ground based on bipartisan collaboration to consider a new way to approach the Islamic Republic."
Our benchmark for a good deal has always been whether it stops Iran from having a nuclear weapons capacity. This deal doesn’t stop it.
The Anti-Defamation League has long advocated for robust sanctions against Iran because we know that a successful diplomatic outcome is the best way to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program. However, our initial review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) gives us cause for concern that the agreement falls short of that goal.