House Democrats have put forth a bill to create a “diplomatic envoy” to Iran to try to “convince that country to abandon its nuclear ambitions.”
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) sponsored the legislation, which will require the envoy to pursue “direct, sustained… negotiations with Iran in order to prevent war and support human rights.”
The darkening clouds surrounding Iran’s nuclear program are troubling. We must use all diplomatic tools available, including engaging in direct bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. To do that we must lift the “no contact” policy and begin negotiations.
The bill has little chance of passing as it aims to reverse recently-enacted sanctions against Iran that received strong bipartisan support.