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Christians urge Western powers to take firmer line in Iran talks

80,000 sign ICEJ global petition against pending deal

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9 Jul 2015
Christians urge Western powers to take firmer line in Iran talks

As high-level diplomatic talks between the P5+1 nations and Iran continued to drag out this week, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem weighed into the issue of the serious threat posed by the Iranian nuclear program by delivering the results of a recent global petition drive against the pending deal to the governments of Britain, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as to the European Union and United Nations. Over recent months, more than 80,000 Christians from dozens of countries worldwide have signed on to an urgent plea by the ICEJ that the Western powers engaged in the current negotiations should hold firm in demanding the complete dismantling of the Iranian nuclear facilities until any sanctions relief is given to Tehran. 

The results of the global petition, which was signed over 30,000 Christians from several dozen Western democracies, were delivered this week to UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as well as to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Last week, the ICEJ-USA branch handed over the final results of its recent USA petition, which was signed by over 50,000 American Christians and also endorses the right of Congressional review of any Iran deal.

The petition notes that Iran’s renegade nuclear program poses an intolerable threat to the Middle East and the entire world. It also stresses that Iran is the world's foremost sponsor of global terrorism, repeatedly threatens to annihilate Israel, and is engaged in military aggressions that are undermining the stability and independence of countries throughout the region.

The petitioners demanded that any international agreement concerning Iran's nuclear program must:
1) Require that Iran completely dismantle its nuclear program.
2) Leave sanctions in place until Iran also relinquishes its destructive goals of spreading terrorism, destroying Israel, and achieving regional hegemony.

The petition states: “While we appreciate the ongoing diplomatic efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis, we fear the agreement now under consideration will not prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons. It contains too many concessions given the enormity of this threat and the untrustworthy nature of the Iranian regime. We feel we must speak up before it is too late, for the safety of ourselves and our children.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact: David Parsons, ICEJ Media Director
Email:    Cell:  052 381 6214



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