The relationship between Iran and the US continues to be a difficult one. Currently, there are no formal, diplomatic relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States. The hope that U.S. Iran relations would improve as a result of the 2015 signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) designed to peacefully end Iran’s nuclear program has completely crumbled. Since signing the nuclear agreement, Iran increased its support for dangerous militias and terror groups, sending its missiles and other weapons to war zones across the Middle East, and engaged in other provocative behaviors. As a result, the U.S. has withdrawn from the agreement and has reinstated against Iran. Iranian American relations at the current time are strained and tense.
However, the relationship between Iran and the U.S has not always been tenuous and the OIAC hopes that through peaceful, democratic change in Iran, the two countries can once again enjoy fruitful diplomatic relations in the future. We long for a free Iran with universal suffrage, freedom of the media, and a separation of church and state. We advocate for a future Iran that recognizes personal property rights, private investment, and one that upholds the universal declaration of human rights and eliminates all forms of discrimination. The OIAC believes that when the people of Iran insist upon a return to democracy, Iran and US relations will improve and a true and lasting peace can be established in the region.
Iranian Americans and the OIAC fight daily for democracy and regime change in Iran with a goal of providing a better tomorrow for our families and loved ones in Iran. The OIAC does not support foreign war, nor does our organization support U.S. appeasement of Iran. Instead, our goal is to seek a third way for dealing with Iran—one that supports the struggle of individual Iranians hoping to effect democratic change in Persia. The citizens of Iran must act themselves to completely replace the current regime, which in no way represents the Iranian people’s desire for democracy and peace. Our mission is to mobilize our network of Iranian-American communities in 40 states in the U.S. to engage in the civic process, and to educate local and national policy makers and the media about the important and complex issues facing the Iranian people. Better American-Iranian relations can help bring more peace to the region.
We are filled with optimism as we advocate for human rights and democracy for the citizens of Iran. Our foreign policy platform seeks a peaceful co-existence between Iran and the U.S. and promotes international and regional peace and cooperation. We want the relationship between Iran and the U.S. to provide more opportunity for individuals in both countries and to foster a better state of affairs for the region and the world.