September 15, 2008

AJC Urges Stronger Sanctions Against Iran After IAEA Report


Contact: Kenneth Bandler, Director of Public Relations and Communications of the American Jewish Committee, +1-212-891-6771, [email protected]

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Jewish Committee (AJC) urges the international community to strengthen sanctions against Iran, following today's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report showing Iran's continued violation of its international obligations.

"Iran's steadfast defiance of the international community is a threat to regional and global security," said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris.

In its report, the IAEA expressed a new level of concern over Iran's nuclear activities. The IAEA reaffirmed that Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities, and instead has developed and employed a new generation of powerful centrifuges to enrich uranium. Further, Iran has not provided the IAEA with all requested information and access regarding its nuclear program.

Iran's continued enrichment and lack of cooperation with IAEA inspectors defy four UN Security Council resolutions and violate Iran's international obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran has rejected every effort to find a diplomatic solution.

In view of Iran's obstinacy, and the threat it poses to peace and security, the international community must intensify sanctions against Iran. Heightened sanctions could compel Iran to accept the incentives that the international community is offering for it to suspend its nuclear program.

SOURCE American Jewish Committee

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