"We applaud all efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. We share your conviction that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable. Of course all of us would prefer to prevent a nuclear Iran through diplomatic means and given Iran's record of duplicity, we need to be as vigilant in verifying Iran's adherence to the provisions of the accord as it was in pursuing it. Further, we continue to believe that all options, including an intensification of economic sanctions, must remain on the table in order to ensure that Iran is never able achieve a nuclear weapons capability." said Michael Sonduck, President and CEO of Federation.
The Jewish Federations of North America support the bipartisan introduction of the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act in the United States Senate today. If negotiations with Iran for a comprehensive agreement fail or if Iran violates the terms of the interim agreement with the P5+1, the legislation would impose tougher sanctions aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
"We believe a diplomatic solution to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capacity, a threat to the entire world, is vital. We stand firmly with President Obama as he and our P5+1 allies seek to negotiate a comprehensive agreement," said Michael Siegal, chair of the JFNA Board of Trustees.
"We recognize economic sanctions have been successful in bringing Iran to the negotiating table, as well as in expressing the resolve of the global community," Siegal added. "The threat of additional sanctions, with the appropriate Presidential waivers in this legislation, ensures that Iran knows this and all other options are on the table should negotiations fail."
The Senate bill is consistent with the resolution passed by the Jewish Federations last month, after the JFNA General Assembly in Jerusalem, which called for the "complete dismantling of Iran’s capability of producing nuclear weapons."
We are encouraging Senators to co-sponsor the legislation, and to swiftly pass it upon their return to Washington in January.