'Victory for Diplomacy:' Iran Deal Is Still Alive

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After 42 Democrats filibustered a Republican procedural vote, the Iranian nuclear is still alive. The Republican's effort to kill the deal was blocked in a vote of 58-42.

Both Democratic and independent senators, who backed the deal, stopped Republicans today "from reaching the 60-vote threshold needed to advance a resolution to reject the six-nation nuclear accord," according to Common Dreams.

Not only is this a win for President Obama, who "personally lobbied Democrats to support the deal, arguing it offered the best chance to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon over the next decade," according to The Hill, it's being called a victory for victory for diplomacy and peace.

The Iranian nuclear deal will "lift economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limits on its domestic nuclear program for at least a decade" and these U.S. sanctions can be lifted as soon as next week, according to Common Dreams.

"This is a stunning victory for supporters of peace and diplomacy," NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi said in a statement. "This vote should settle the debate once and for all that this is a good deal. The Iran nuclear agreement was subjected to a massive multi-million dollar campaign against it, it has been scrutinized in countless hearings and forums, it was put to an unprecedented vote in Congress, and it has stood up to every single test. Instead of revisiting this vote or re-litigating the terms of the deal, it is now time to focus on implementing the agreement and doubling down on diplomacy rather than militarism."

The nuclear deal, which gained support from both anti-war and civil society groups across the world, should pass without a showdown between Congress and the White House.


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