Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 79th General Convention call attention to Jesus’ words, “Blessed are the peacemakers,” as central to the role of governments, Christians, and all people of good will in the conflicts of the world and in the effort to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and elsewhere; and be it further
Resolved, That this General Convention urge the United States to pursue carefully negotiated, multilateral international agreements in order to prevent nuclear proliferation and to achieve denuclearization; and be it further
Resolved, That this General Convention affirm the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, that was agreed to in 2015 by Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States – and Germany and the European Union, and recognize the role of faith-based organizations and churches in assisting in the development of the Iran Nuclear Deal; and be it further
Resolved, That this General Convention oppose the May 2018 unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Iran Nuclear Deal and urge the other parties to the agreement to persevere in their commitment to it; and be it further
Resolved, That this General Convention urge the United States Congress to enact legislation mandating that the United States rejoin the Iran Nuclear Deal, and to refrain from efforts, such as re-imposing sanctions without cause on Iran, that would further erode international confidence in the commitment of the United States to international agreements; and be further
Resolved, That this General Convention encourage the church’s Office of Governmental Relations in Washington to continue to advocate for U. S. adherence to the Iran Nuclear Deal; and be it further
Resolved, That this General Convention urge Episcopalians to commend this resolution to their senators and representatives in Congress.
The Iran Nuclear Deal was a major achievement in international negotiation to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the agreement in 2018 has cast into doubt the immediate future of efforts to inhibit the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, and it has eroded confidence in the reliability of the United States in international agreements. The resolution seeks to reverse the U. S. withdrawal and its effects.
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