On behalf of B’nai B’rith International – the world’s oldest Jewish humanitarian, advocacy and social action organization, with members in over 50 countries and a singular record of accredited presence at the United Nations – we are writing to urge you to support maximal U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran until it completely, and verifiably, ends its illicit nuclear program in defiance of the international community.
The Iranian regime – characterized by persistent human rights abuse domestically, and by unsurpassed sponsorship of doctrinally based terrorism abroad – has responded with duplicity and deception to repeated diplomatic overtures. Only sanctions that are comprehensive and deeply impactful retain the possibility of preventing a paramount danger to international peace and security. Iran remains not only a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as well as a serial violator of relevant Security Council resolutions and obligations to the International Atomic Energy Agency, but also the source of recurring, open threats to the existence of another U.N. member state. A nuclear-armed Iran – or the acquisition by Iran of the capacity to produce and distribute nuclear weapons – would be disastrous, dramatically undermining the stability of the Middle East as a whole and likely prompting new proliferation of nuclear arms.
IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano has now said, “We cannot confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities because Iran has not provided the agency with the necessary cooperation.”
We cannot afford further delay in multilateral action to decisively curb Iran’s uranium enrichment activities, which have continued, and expanded, even as the Iranian government develops deadly weapons technology with an increasingly wide reach. The implementation of an effective solution to this urgent global challenge is a foremost responsibility of the Security Council, one that would provide for the essential long-term safety of both the Iranian people and their neighbors.
|Dennis W. Glick
||Daniel S. Mariaschin
||Executive Vice President