“Congress Must Quickly Get Involved in the Iran Nuclear Issue”
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) renewed its call for Congress to take up
debate on the essential principles that must underpin any nuclear
agreement with Iran.
Since UANI first
made its call in October, a consensus has developed in support of
Congressional involvement. As American Israel Public Affairs Committee
(AIPAC) president Michael Kassen and chairman of the board Lee Rosenbergargued
in Saturday’s New York Times:
[W]e support a policy that complements the current negotiations with a
range of congressional actions that threaten greater economic and
diplomatic pressure on the Iranian government. … [W]e urge Congress to
outline for Iran the acceptable terms of a final accord. This must
include, at a minimum, the dismantling of its nuclear program, so that
Iran has neither a uranium nor a plutonium pathway to a nuclear weapon.
Said UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace:
There is a consensus in America that Congress must take action on the
Iran nuclear issue, and take up debate on the principles that must
underpin a comprehensive agreement. Clearly, the P5+1 and Iran are far
apart on agreeing to a comprehensive nuclear deal, and it is obvious
that Iran would be happy to maintain the status quo of enjoying
sanctions relief while continuing to advance its nuclear program.
We renew our call for Congress to actively take part in this process and
make its position known. Congress should make clear that Iran cannot be
permitted to retain an industrial-scale nuclear program. This would
entail Iran capping its centrifuges to a small fraction of the nearly
20,000 it currently possesses, or more appropriately to none at all.
Iran must be kept well over a year away from nuclear breakout, given its
long history of duplicity and hostility.
Critically, Congress must also make clear that the Iranian regime will
face devastating consequences if it continues to maintain a maximalist
position and use negotiations with the P5+1 to stall. Congress should
state unequivocally that six months from the adoption of the interim
agreement, absent a comprehensive deal, Iran will face the most robust
sanctions in history, culminating in an economic blockade that will
drive its oil sales to zero and cripple key sectors of its economy.
In its October 31 letter to President Obama and Congress, UANI stated
that: “Given the historic consequence of a potential rapprochement with
Iran and the terms of a potential nuclear agreement, it is vitally
important that the U.S. once again speaks with a united voice.”
In a November 14 Op-Ed for Politico Magazine, “How
to Stare Down Iran,” Ambassador Wallace joined UANI advisory board
members Joseph Lieberman and Fran Townsend, in arguing that involvement
“is quite an appropriate role for Congress to play, given its authority
in passing, lifting and potentially increasing sanctions against the
On January 28, Ambassador Wallace testified
before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, regarding the
implementation of the Geneva agreement. Said Ambassador Wallace: “I
respectfully implore you all to say what are your red lines on
enrichment, on the heavy water reactor, and the like. … Six months from
the adoption of the interim agreement, this Congress should make clear
that Iran will face the most robust sanctions in history.”
to read UANI’s Politico Magazine Op-Ed.
to read UANI’s October 31 letter to President Obama and Congress.
to read Ambassador Wallace’s January 28 testimony before Congress.
United Against Nuclear Iran
Nathan Carleton, 212-554-3296
Source: United Against Nuclear Iran