Letter to the editor | Don’t sabotage diplomacy

November 27, 2013 

The nuclear deal brokered by the United States and Iran in Geneva is historic.

Just as the agreement to peacefully disarm Syria of its chemical weapons demonstrated, diplomacy makes the world a safer place.

Now comes the hard part: U.S. diplomats are working to secure a final agreement to prevent war and a nuclear-armed Iran.

I hope my senators and representative will publicly support these efforts and oppose calls by some in Congress for more sanctions.

As former national security advisers Zbigniew Brezezinski and Brent Scowcroft have pointed out, “Additional sanctions now against Iran … will risk undermining or even shutting down the negotiations.”

Sabotaging diplomacy would jeopardize the unprecedented progress our diplomats have achieved to guard against yet another war and another nuclear-armed nation.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation has more on supporting this unprecedented deal at fcnl.org/iran.

Laura Collado, State College

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