Monday, January 7, 2013

UANI Applauds New Iran Sanctions, Calls for Full Economic Blockade on Iran


January 7, 2013
Contact: Nathan Carleton, 
Phone: (212) 554-3296

UANI Applauds New Iran Sanctions, Calls for Full Economic Blockade on Iran

New York, NY - United Against Nuclear Iran CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, issued the following statement Monday regarding new Iran sanctions recently enacted into U.S. law:

We applaud U.S. lawmakers for passing new sanctions measures, and applaud President Obama for signing them into law. By increasing the scope of sanctions to cover increasingly broader areas of the Iranian economy, the U.S. has moved closer to imposing an economic blockade on Iran.

We reiterate our call for U.S. lawmakers to pursue a complete economic blockade of the Iranian regime, with the only exception being a humanitarian one. An incremental approach to sanctions in 2013 will be ineffective in addressing the challenge presented by the regime's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons. At this critical juncture, the international community must take decisive action. Any business, firm, or entity that does work in Iran should be barred from receiving U.S. government contracts, accessing U.S. capital markets, entering into commercial partnerships with U.S. entities, or otherwise doing business in the U.S. or with U.S. entities.

UANI has long called for a full economic blockade on Iran, to force companies to choose between doing business in Iran, or doing business in the U.S. In May 2012 testimony to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ambassador Wallace stated that: "The time for half-measures and exceptions is over. We must commit ourselves to imposing a complete economic blockade."

Click here to view UANI model legislation: The Economic Blockade of Iran Act.
Click here to read Ambassador Wallace's July 26, 2012 Op-Ed calling for "imposing a complete economic blockade of Iran."
Click here to read Ambassador Wallace's December 13, 2012 Op-Ed, "Time for an Economic Blockade on Iran."


United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a program of the American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran, Inc., a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran should concern every American and be unacceptable to the community of nations. Since 1979 the Iranian regime, most recently under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's leadership, has demonstrated increasingly threatening behavior and rhetoric toward the US and the West. Iran continues to defy the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations in their attempts to monitor its nuclear activities. A number of Arab states have warned that Iran's development of nuclear weapons poses a threat to Middle East stability and could provoke a regional nuclear arms race. In short, the prospect of a nuclear armed Iran is a danger to world peace.

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a non-partisan, broad-based coalition that is united in a commitment to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to become a regional super-power possessing nuclear weapons.  UANI is an issue-based coalition in which each coalition member will have its own interests as well as the collective goal of advancing an Iran free of nuclear weapons.

The Objectives of United Against a Nuclear Iran
  1. Inform the public about the nature of the Iranian regime, including its desire and intent to possess nuclear weapons, as well as Iran's role as a state sponsor of global terrorism, and a major violator of human rights at home and abroad;
  2. Heighten awareness nationally and internationally about the danger that a nuclear armed Iran poses to the region and the world;
  3. Mobilize public support, utilize media outreach, and persuade our elected leaders to voice a robust and united American opposition to a nuclear Iran;
  4. Lay the groundwork for effective US policies in coordination with European and other allies;
  5. Persuade the regime in Tehran to desist from its quest for nuclear weapons, while striving not to punish the Iranian people, and;
  6. Promote efforts that focus on vigorous national and international, social, economic, political and diplomatic measures.
UANI is led by an advisory board of outstanding national figures representing all sectors of our country.

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