AJC Praises IAEA Firm Action on Iran

November 27, 2009

NEW YORK, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ — The American Jewish Committee praised the International Atomic Energy Agency resolution on Iran’s covert nuclear program.

“The IAEA message to Tehran is crystal clear — stop the covert nuclear program now,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “The UN Security Council must follow up with the most stringent sanctions. An international full-court press is critical to convince Iran’s leaders to desist from their reckless quest for nuclear weapons.”

The IAEA voted 25-3 to censure Iran for developing in secret the uranium enrichment site near Qom, and demanded that Tehran immediately stop that project. Significantly, both China and Russia supported the resolution. Regrettably, Cuba, Malaysia and Venezuela prevented a unanimous vote.

IAEA director general Mohammed ElBaradei, whose term ends November 30, voiced frustration with Iran, declaring that IAEA efforts to secure Iranian cooperation has “effectively reached a dead end.”

The IAEA action comes as Iran continues to backpedal on an understanding reached with UN Security Council permanent members to export most of its enriched uranium abroad for reprocessing for civilian use in Iran.

This proposal came after Iran had defiantly ignored four Security Council resolutions. Meanwhile, Iran has continued to aggressively pursue development of nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.

“The pattern of Iranian obfuscation is so obvious,” said Harris. “It is high time for the international community to act in unison to confront the growing Iranian threat to regional security and global peace.”

SOURCE American Jewish Committee

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