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ADL Commission Passes Resolution on Iran's Development of Nuclear Weapons

Unanimously adopted at ADL's Annual Meeting, October 31, 2009 in New York City.

Posted: October 31, 2009


WHEREAS, the International Atomic Energy Agency has reported that "Iran has sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable implosion nuclear device (an atomic bomb) based on HEU (highly enriched uranium) as the fission fuel" and has also reported that Iran has stockpiled enough low-enriched uranium to produce sufficient HEU for at least one nuclear bomb.

WHEREAS, the International Atomic Energy Agency also reported that "It is likely that Iran will overcome problems" in modifying its Shahab 3 missile to carry a nuclear warhead.  The currently operational Shahab 3 can reach Israel. 

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Defense National Air and Space Intelligence Center reported in April 2009: "With sufficient foreign assistance, Iran could develop and test an ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] capable of reaching the United States by 2015."

WHEREAS, recognizing this threat to the international community, the United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted three resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran for its nuclear proliferation activities, including its continuing enrichment of uranium, in violation of its treaty obligations. 

WHEREAS, Iran's regime is a source of extremism and destabilization in the region and around the globe.  As the leading state-sponsor of terrorism, it has defied the international community with its support for terrorism and the cultivation of extremist forces. Iran's leaders have repeatedly called for the elimination of the State of Israel and have promoted base anti-Semitism, including the denial of the Holocaust. 

WHEREAS, Iran's regime continues to engage in horrific violations of human rights, including the detention, torture and execution of those deemed opposed to the regime, repression of legitimate dissent against a fraudulent election, and the persecution of religious minorities, particularly the Baha'i;

WHEREAS, nuclear weapons in the hands of this radical and reckless regime would lead to a dangerous geo-strategic shift in the Middle East, potentially create a nuclear arms race in the region, bolster Iran's aggressive and destructive foreign policy, and represent a direct and existential threat to Israel and other countries in the region;

WHEREAS, the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom, on behalf of the international community, are currently engaged in discussions with Iran about its nuclear program.  President Obama has stated in relation to those talks: "If Iran does not take steps in the near future to live up to its obligations then the United States will not continue to negotiate indefinitely and we are prepared to move towards increased pressure."  Major European leaders have also expressed support for additional European Union sanctions on Iran should these discussions fail to achieve their objective.  World leaders have also underscored that the discussions should have a specific time limit.

WHEREAS, Iran has treated previous diplomatic efforts and economic sanctions with intransigence and defiance.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Anti-Defamation League calls upon responsible states of the international community, collectively and individually, to prepare to use all available diplomatic, economic and financial tools to pressure Iran to verifiably end its nuclear weapons program in case that result is not achieved by the current negotiations.  Such tools include effective economic sanctions that target Iran's oil exports, gasoline imports, and its financial sector.  Should non-military measures fail to convince Iran to decide to verifiably end its nuclear weapons program, military options should remain under consideration by responsible states.

ADL National Commission
New York, NY
October 31, 2009

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