Tens of thousands of Christians urge world powers to take firm line in Iran talks

The Iranian nuclear program's heavy-water reactor at Arak. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Tens of thousands of Christians signed on to a global petition organized by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) urging world powers involved in the Iranian nuclear negotiations to take a firm line with Iran.

The petition calls on the Western powers involved in the talks—U.S., U.K., France, and Germany (not including the non-Western P5+1 countries, Russia and China)—as well as the European Union and United Nations to “hold firm in demanding the complete dismantling of the Iranian nuclear facilities until any sanctions relief is given to Tehran.”

Specifically, the petition calls for Iran to completely dismantle its nuclear program and for sanctions to remain in place until the Islamic Republic “relinquishes its destructive goals of spreading terrorism, destroying Israel, and achieving regional hegemony.”

According to the ICEJ, more than 80,000 Christians from dozens of countries worldwide signed on to the petition, which was delivered to the foreign ministers of the Western countries involved in the nuclear talks. 

“The consequences of concluding a bad deal with Iran could prove very grave for the entire world, and experience already shows the radical regime in Tehran cannot be trusted to keep their end of the bargain,” Dr. Jürgen Bühler, the ICEJ’s executive director, told JNS.org. “So we felt it important for our constituency to voice its concerns in a timely manner and to go on record as opposing the conciliatory terms being offered in Vienna.”

Posted on July 9, 2015 .