Tuesday, September 24, 2013

UANI President, Dr. Gary Samore, Issues Statement Regarding Rouhani UNGA Address


September 24, 2013 
Contact: Nathan Carleton, press@uani.com 
Phone: (212) 554-3296
UANI President, Dr. Gary Samore, Issues Statement Regarding Rouhani UNGA Address
New York, NY - United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) President, Dr. Gary Samore, issued the following statement today regarding Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's address to the UN General Assembly: 

Those who expected a dramatic departure are disappointed. This address was surprisingly similar to what we are used to hearing from Iran, both in tone and substance. Rouhani's words were far more contentious than many were expecting--particularly in leading with Iran's typical bill of particulars against the United States and the West, minimized only by not referring to the U.S. and Israel by name. Given the Iranian regime's conciliatory public affairs campaign in the run-up to the UNGA, this speech was disappointing and missed the opportunity to take up President Obama's offer to pursue a bilateral diplomatic path with Iran and even meet personally with Rouhani.

Nonetheless, we do agree with one sentence of President Rouhani's speech: it is Iran's obligation to alleviate the world's concerns with its nuclear program. Had the rest of the speech spoken to those same concerns, a diplomatic rapprochement would seem far more likely. Instead, Rouhani repeated Iran's long-standing demand that its right to enrichment be recognized as a basis for resolving the nuclear issue--a condition the U.S. and other P5+1 countries have consistently rejected. 

UANI announced Dr. Samore as UANI's new President yesterday. He recently served as President Obama's Coordinator for WMD Counter-Terrorism and Arms Control.


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.
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