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Tell Congress: Give diplomacy a chance in Iran, Sign the Dent-Price Letter.

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Several times in the past, we have asked you to contact your member of Congress to tell them to give diplomacy a real chance with Iran. We are doing so again, today. The recent election of Hassan Rouhani as the new president of Iran presents a potentially historic opening for new, productive U.S. diplomacy with Iran. This is an opportunity which the U.S. cannot afford to miss.

Tell your member of Congress to support diplomacy.

Representatives Dent (R-PA) and Price (D-NC) are currently circulating a serious, constructive letter in Congress. This bipartisan letter contains a simple message to President Obama. Without minimizing the difficulties and the potential for failure that accompany any U.S. diplomatic efforts with Iran, signers of the letter are urging the President "to pursue the potential opportunity presented by Iran's recent presidential election by reinvigorating U.S. efforts to secure a negotiated nuclear agreement." We couldn't agree more.

Tell your member of Congress: Sign the Dent-Price letter.

It is critical that the sober, reasonable message of this letter be signed by a large number of members of Congress. Too often, the only messages heard from Congress consist of sanctions and saber-rattling. Nobody should dismiss the very real threat posed by an Iran armed with a nuclear weapon. However, sanctions and saber-rattling, on their own, will not resolve this crisis. Likewise, military action - which appears to be the favored option of some parties - is unlikely to do more than delay Iran's nuclear program and is almost certain to have far-reaching unintended consequences for the U.S., Israel, and the region.

President Obama needs to know that Congress prefers diplomacy to war
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In the wake of the Iranian elections, Congress is being bombarded with messages telling them that the victory of an avowed Iranian political moderate means nothing, and that rather than seeing this as an opening for diplomacy, the U.S. should respond to the election with additional sanctions and saber-rattling. This is an approach that makes sense only if the goal is to actively undermine the possibility of a diplomatic solution in order to clear the path for war. The Dent-Price letter offers members of Congress a chance to send a very different message, both to President Obama and to the new Iranian president. This message says simply: We want to give diplomacy a chance.

Please urge your member of Congress to join this sensible call.

Thank you,

Lara Friedman
Director of Policy and Government Relations
Americans for Peace Now

PS: Check out APN's "They Say, We Say" entry on Iran (here).