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Deal with Iran in sight: Progressives applaud negotiators for taking the time they need to get it right

On the eve of their self-imposed cutoff to finalize a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, negotiators representing the P5+1 — the United States, Russia, China, the UK, France, and Germany — and Iran have extended the deadline for completing their final agreement until July 1, 2015. The November 2013 deal which initially froze Iran’s nuclear program will remain in effect until the final agreement is complete.

MoveOn.org Civic Action joined with CREDO Action to issue the following joint statement in response: “Members of Congress must avoid any new sanctions or other measures that could undermine negotiations and put our nation on a path to another war.”

Negotiators are tasked with securing a major win, seeking to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons and locking in comprehensive and lasting safeguards. If successful, their efforts will put the U.S. on a solid path to better relations with Iran and its people.

“The agreement being negotiated has the potential to stand as a powerful example of an important U.S. foreign policy milestone, demonstrating the power of tough, principled diplomacy in lieu of a rush to use military force. It’s worth the additional time it will take to get these complex issues right,” notes Anna Galland, MoveOn.org Civic Action Executive Director.

Yet a small group of Democrats are poised to join reckless hawks like John McCain and pass legislation that could sabotage President Obama’s diplomatic efforts.

So we’re putting those Democrats on notice: They will be held accountable if they stand with Senator John McCain and attempt to derail the significant and hard-won progress made to-date.