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Elissa Karim: U.S. should focus on diplomacy, rather than sanctions on Iran

From the Cold War to the current sanctions on Iran, throughout my young adult life I have found that nuclear weapons are an oppressive force both in society and in the creation of foreign policy. Looking at the future, it is important to me that the United States focuses on diplomacy rather than levying sanctions on Iran, which do not create an atmosphere of trust and discourse.

Congress is playing games with our national security and interests, at the expense of cooperative diplomacy. The US is in the position to heavily influence the decisions of other countries. If we do not work with Iran on negotiations, other countries will lose faith, sparked by the ensuing mistrust from all parties involved, proliferation and new conflict will be seen across the globe.

It should be a priority of Congress to create a positive international diplomatic stage. A critical factor of achieving that would be removing the power divide that is inherent when possessing nuclear weapons. The opportunity to work with the new government of Iran is an opportunity to advocate for a world without nuclear weapons. As a student and Global Zero leader, I’m committed to this future.

Elissa Karim

Nevada City

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