Wednesday, February 27, 2013

UANI Applauds U.S. Congressional Leaders for Introducing New Iran Sanctions Bill, Calls for Quick Passage

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February 27, 2013
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UANI Applauds U.S. Congressional Leaders for Introducing New Iran Sanctions Bill, Calls for Quick Passage
New Sanctions Introduced by Congressmen Royce and Engel Would Pressure Iranian Regime

New York, NY - On Wednesday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) President, Ambassador Kristen Silverberg, issued the following statement regarding new Iran sanctions being introduced in the U.S. House by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce and Ranking Member Rep. Eliot Engel: 

We strongly support this legislation, and we applaud Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel for introducing it. If passed, this bill would put substantially more pressure on nations that continue to buy Iranian crude, entities that are still doing business in Iran, and individuals who are enabling the Iranian regime's human rights violations.

We urge U.S. lawmakers to quickly pass this legislation without weakening it in any way, and for President Obama to sign it into law. As Iran's nuclear weapons program continues to advance, it is imperative that the U.S. aggressively employs all available leverage to economically pressure the Iranian regime.

UANI has 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, UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. 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 December 13, 2012 Op-Ed, "Time for an Economic Blockade on Iran." 

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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.
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