More than 50 foreign policy luminaries, in a statement on Tuesday, applauded progress made on an nuclear deal with Iran and urged members of Congress to hold off on any legislative action that could affect reaching a final deal by June 30.
“We welcome the announcement that the U.S. government and other major world powers have reached a framework accord to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” said the statement, published by the Iran Project.
“In view of this hopeful progress, we call on the U.S. Congress to take no action that would impede further progress or undermine the American negotiators’ efforts to complete the final comprehensive agreement on time,” the group said.
The statement is signed by former senior government officials, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. James Cartwright, former Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command and retired Navy SEAL Adm. Eric Olson.
The statement said, while “technical details are still to be fully resolved, important U.S. objectives have been achieved.”
Those objectives include limiting uranium enrichment and plutonium production, reducing Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium, “broad and sweeping inspections,” and a two-thirds reduction in installed centrifuges, they wrote.
The statement also acknowledged that “important, difficult, and ambiguous issues still remain,” including how Iran’s current stockpile will be dealt with, how Iran will address concerns on the past military dimensions of its nuclear program, and how sanctions on Iran will be lifted.