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What The Experts Are Saying

UANI Advisory Board members are regularly featured in the media for their expertise on Iran's nuclear program.

Apr 08 2014
Bob Feferman

"For two years, I have been doing outreach work around the country for the advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI). While I have heard all kinds of responses over the years, I recently heard a new expression for the first time: 'Iran fatigue.' One person told me: 'Many people have been reading and hearing so much about Iran’s nuclear program that they don’t want to hear any more.' Beyond my initial shock, I felt it was worth asking: who really suffers from “Iran fatigue” – and what does it actually mean? ... As we approach Yom HaShoah, the lessons of the Holocaust can motivate us to action by remembering the words of Elie Wiesel, who warned, 'If there is one lesson I hope the world has learned from the past, it is that regimes rooted in brutality must never be trusted. And the words and actions of the leadership of Iran leave no doubt as to their intentions.' Now is not the time for complacency or bemoaning “Iran fatigue.” Now is the time for action to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran."

Jan 10 2014
Gary Samore

"'It depends on whether the Russians agree to implement this deal before there is a final resolution of the nuclear issues. That would obviously be a very negative signal,' said Gary Samore, former nuclear non-proliferation czar for President Barack Obama and now an academic and president of pro-sanctions group United Against Nuclear Iran. 'It could very well be they just want to have this ready to go the day after a nuclear deal is completed and they would then be prepared to execute a barter arrangement.'"

Jan 10 2014
Ambassador Mark Wallace

"'It is wrong for the White House to continue questioning the integrity and motives of anyone who supports more sanctions,' said Mark Wallace, chief executive of the group. 'It is nonsensical and out of bounds to say that a bipartisn majority of U.S. senators secretly wants war with Iran.'"

Dec 19 2013
Bob Feferman

"The recent interim agreement between the P5+1 and Iran over its nuclear program has generated a mind-boggling amount of commentary about technical phrases like 'breakout capacity' and 'enrichment rights.' While these discussions are important, it is also crucial that we not lose sight of the reason these negotiations have even occurred: the world’s serious concerns with Iran, given its violent and threatening actions, and its attempts to develop a nuclear weapon. For me, a recent conversation with my grandson put things into their proper perspective... Let us be clear in our understanding that the interim deal reached in Geneva did not put an end to all of these concerns. Only continued economic pressure on Iran will do that, and that will require each of us to do our part. As for the CEO’s of companies doing business in Iran, I would like to see them to sit down with an Israeli or Syrian five-year-old and try to explain why they continue to support Iran. I can guarantee that if enough of us boycott their products, they would care a whole lot more."

Dec 11 2013
Henry Sokolski

"At the start of any effort to solve a truly tough problem, there is a natural tendency to oversell what one has initially accomplished, to create the momentum needed to lock down what yet must be achieved. This certainly applies to the recent nuclear 'interim agreement' with Iran - particularly the part that limits Tehran's uranium-enrichment facilities, production, and stockpiles, which have already brought Tehran within six weeks of acquiring enough highly enriched uranium to make its first nuclear weapon. The general aim of the negotiations is to 'push the time line' (that is, increase the time Iran will need to make a bomb) up to six to twelve months. So far, it is unclear if much more has been achieved beyond pushing the time line a couple of weeks. What is particularly worrisome is how much the deal's supporters have oversold what they have already achieved. Of course, it remains unclear how well or poorly these negotiations will ultimately perform in limiting Iran's nuclear-weapons-related capabilities. But kidding oneself is a formula for mischief. In this regard, seven claims that plan supporters are making need to be put in check."