The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is calling on its supporters to urge US senators to seek a broader nuclear agreement with Iran.
Reportedly, AIPAC argues that Israel’s and America’s greatest threat in the Middle East, and asks its supporters to convince US lawmakers to sign the Menendez/Graham draft letter that opposes reviving the 2015 agreement in its current form.
The letter reportedly says that the US must reach an agreement that prevents Iran from ever acquiring nuclear weapons and meaningfully constrains its destabilizing activity throughout the Middle East and its ballistic missile program. It also calls on the Biden administration to consult Israel and the Gulf states – that are not part of the current deal – before engaging in talks with Iran.
On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif slammed the European signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for expressing concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, while ignoring Israel’s suspected nuclear arsenal. Zarif said that instead of coordinating with Israel, which he called “enemy No.1” of the nuclear deal, the European states and the US should themselves comply with their commitments under the JCPOA.
Iran has repeatedly stated it does not need to develop nuclear weapons, insisting that its nuclear program is designed to serve entirely peaceful purposes.