ADL Calls For International Sanctions To End Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program
New York, NY, November 6, 2007 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is calling on the international community to "immediately and forcefully use all diplomatic and financial tools" to pressure Iran to end its march toward the capability to produce a nuclear weapon.
In a resolution approved November 3 at its annual meeting in New York, the League's National Commission called for the expeditious enactment of measures to counter the Iranian nuclear program, including:
- Additional U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran;
- European Union sanctions against Iran;
- The divestment of funds from Iran;
- The cessation of investment by private businesses and government institutions in Iran's energy and nuclear development sectors.
"Nuclear weapons in the hands of this increasingly radical and reckless regime would lead to a dangerous geo-strategic shift in the Middle East, potentially creating a nuclear arms race in the region," said Glen S. Lewy, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "In order to prevent the need for more drastic action, the international community must immediately and forcefully use all diplomatic and financial tools at its disposal to pressure Iran to end its production of enriched uranium, which can be used for nuclear weapons."
In 2005, just before Iran's nuclear program was discussed in the U.N. Security Council, ADL's National Commission passed a resolution calling for sanctions by the international community and an effective monitoring regime of Iran's nuclear facilities.
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