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May 4, 2018
Rear Admiral Garry E. Hall
Special Assistant for International Organizations and Alliances
National Security Council
The White House
Dear Admiral Hall,
The deadline is fast approaching for a decision by the United States on whether to remain in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or to reimpose sanctions on Iran. As Chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I am sure you are well aware of our past support for the P5+1 Iran deal. Following the example of his saintly predecessors, Pope Francis has continued the Church's mission of advancing dialogue and engagement to resolve crises, as opposed to resorting to military force.
Since you are likely to be involved in discussions within the Executive branch regarding the Iran deal, I am providing you with a copy of two previous letters that my Committee has sent in favor of the JCPOA. These letters explain the reasons for our support. I understand the concerns expressed about Iran's nuclear ambitions, but believe the stringent verification measures imposed under JCPOA do provide the constraints needed to limit such developments.
I trust these comments will be useful as deliberations continue on this very sensitive issue that has implications for regional and indeed, global stability.
Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio
Archbishop of Military Services, USA
Chair, Committee on International Justice and Peace
Enclosures: Letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Letter to Senate
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