Trump's Make-or-Break Decision on Iran Nuclear Agreement

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Peace Corps volunteers who served in Iran say May 12 decision on Iran nuclear agreement “could be the most important of Trump’s presidency.”

Withdrawing from the agreement would "push our nation closer to nuclear war in both the Middle East and Asia."

As the May 12 deadline approaches for President Trump to decide whether to keep or kill the current Iran nuclear agreement, former Peace Corps volunteers who served in Iran are calling on their elected leaders in Congress to put pressure on the President to maintain the agreement.

“Trump’s decision could be the most important of his presidency,” said Skip Auld, reflecting the views of the Peace Corps Iran Association, an all-volunteer organization with hundreds of members across the country. Auld served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mahallat, Iran in the early 1970s.

“Withdrawing from the agreement would free Iran of all limits on nuclear development and undermine our chances of reaching a successful nuclear accord with North Korea, further unravel our relations with key allies, and most importantly, push our nation closer to nuclear war in both the Middle East and Asia,”

“That is why many former Iran volunteers like me are calling on our members of Congress to let the President know how important it is to maintain the agreement especially in light of Michael Pompeo’s own statements agreeing with our allies and our intelligence agencies that Iran is in full compliance with the agreement.”

Background on Auld and the Iran Peace Corps Association:

“I was one of more than 1,700 Peace Corps volunteers who served in Iran between 1962 and 1976,” said Auld. “Most of us have very strong memories of the Iranian families and communities we served. We also know first-hand how deeply Iranians value their history as a great culture and as a nation which can continue to develop rapidly unless it is interrupted by war.

“In 2011, following a successful reunion of Peace Corps Iran volunteers in Portland, Oregon, we formed the Peace Corps Iran Association. While the Peace Corps itself left Iran before the revolution in the late 1970s, we have long held out hope that in time the rift between our countries would be overcome. We consider the nuclear agreement as a monumental step in that direction.”

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