To the Editor:
The recent United States negotiations with Iran on limiting Iran’s use of nuclear power for peaceful purposes have been historic. Following 30 years of refusals to talk, they have already created greater trust between our two countries by demonstrating the good-faith efforts of the Iranians to permit regular, thorough inspections. If ultimately successful, they will enhance the chances of peace in the Middle East, creating greater security for Israel, as well as enhanced economic prosperity for Iran and bordering nations.
While the current round of talks has not achieved a completed agreement, enough progress has been made that good-faith negotiations are proceeding, without the U.S. instituting further trade sanctions on Iran. In their most recent national election, the Iranian people clearly expressed their desire for renewed relations with the United States. With a nuclear agreement close at hand, this is no time to punish them with further, extreme trade barriers.
The Connecticut congressional delegation has shown tremendous leadership. In November, more than a dozen Connecticut residents acting as appointed delegates to Friends Committee on National Legislation visited members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation to applaud them for their efforts to date, as well as to urge them to hold the course in supporting a diplomatic solution.
It is time that the U.S. recognizes that, most often, diplomacy works far better than military approaches. We strongly urge the members of our Congressional delegation to remain steadfast on negotiations with Iran and give peace a chance to grow through staying at the negotiating table.
Friends Committee on National Legislation
New York Yearly Meeting Delegate
Wilton Monthly Meeting –Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)