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Mar 24 2015
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"'[The Obama Administration has] been reluctant to have an honest, full debate about the Iran deal, and about rapprochement with the Iranian regime. It's been about obfuscation and saying that people who oppose the deal are war mongers,' said David Ibsen, the executive director of United Against Nuclear Iran. 'If you look at what's going on, you'd think that Tom Cotton and Benjamin Netanyahu are the greatest threats to U.S. national security in the last 30 years. Meanwhile, [Syrian President Bashar] Assad is dropping chemical weapons again, there is a total vacuum of authority in Libya, Iran is expanding in influence across the region. And all we hear about is the Bibi speech to Congress and the letter to Iran from the 47 Republicans,' Ibsen continued."

Mar 16 2015
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"'You can't have a discussion about Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability without talking about the nature of the Iranian regime and its elected officials," says David Ibsen, executive director of United Against a Nuclear Iran, a US organization with a name that's pretty self-explanatory. 'If you look at... how they treat their own population, you're going to see some concerning things that certainly impact young people living in the country... I don't think anyone believes all Iranians think Death to America is a great slogan. But unfortunately, when it comes to nuclear policy or state support of terrorism by the regime and individuals who are in power, their brutality is what you have to observe when you decide whether Iran is to be trusted.'"

Mar 14 2015
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"The nature of the agreement raises some questions about its durability. 'I think Kerry is probably right that a future president is likely to honor the agreement as long as Iran does, but the fact that the agreement is not legally binding gives a future president or Congress more flexibility to seek to modify or abrogate the agreement,' said Gary Samore, once Mr. Obama's chief adviser on weapons of mass destruction and now president of an advocacy group called United Against Nuclear Iran. 'The same is true of Iran.'"

Feb 07 2015
Jerusalem Post

UANI Executive Director David Ibsen & UANI Research Analyst Julie Shain: "In the coming weeks, Congress is expected to resume consideration of Iran sanctions. In response, US and Iranian officials as well as sanctions opponents are preparing their usual barrage of anti-sanctions rhetoric. Sanctions are a clumsy and violent weapon, they say. They are at once devastating and impotent. And most absurd, they are a form of violent extremism. To support these claims, misleading pronouncements about Iranian sanctions will recirculate. Most have been debunked time and again, but because Iranian officials and their surrogates parade them so persistently, some of the most dubious assertions have managed to masquerade as fact. Take the myth that sanctions have devastated Iran's healthcare system. While this is a widely circulated claim, it is also patently untrue... In concert, critics would have us believe that sanctions starve and devastate the Iranian people by depriving them of food, education and healthcare while failing to affect policy change among regime leaders. The inconvenient truth however is that the Iranian regime's rampant corruption, mismanagement and repression have devastated the Iranian economy and restricted freedoms for millions of Iranians. The targeted and multilateral Iran sanctions regime is an effective non-violent policy tool that has raised the costs of the Iranian regime leadership's ongoing intransience and illicit behavior while complementing US diplomatic efforts. It was after all US Secretary of State John Kerry who stated that 'outreach alone is not a strategy. If diplomacy is to work, it must be backed by the prospect of tough, escalating multilateral sanctions strong enough to actually change behavior.' Absent continued sanctions enforcement and the prospect of additional sanctions measures the Iranian regime will have little incentive to abandon its nuclear program. It is time to cut through the cloud of fictions that surround the Iranian sanctions debate. Targeted international sanctions, coupled with responsible humanitarian exemptions, have effectively and responsibly pressured the Iranian regime. These are the facts of the Iranian sanctions. It is time to discern them from the fictions."

Jan 28 2015
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UANI Executive Director David Ibsen: "With negotiations over Iran's illicit nuclear program having recently resumed, supporters of the seemingly never-ending negotiating process — one that has disproportionally favored Iranian interests — continue to spin the original interim agreement and its subsequent extensions (the Joint Plan of Action) as a success. This false assertion rests on the propagation of several myths, notably that the JPA has frozen Iran's nuclear program; the Iranian regime negotiating team represents a moderate faction distinct from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Supreme Leader and other regime hardliners; and U.S. pressure and negotiating leverage has remained constant throughout the process... It may be comforting to wrap the JPA in a shroud of mythical success, but the facts tell a much different and troubling cautionary tale."

Dec 31 2014
Jerusalem Post

UANI Executive Director David Ibsen: "As we enter January 2015 it is worth noting that negotiations over Iran's illicit nuclear program have now made an imprint on three calendar years. Nevertheless, defenders of the seemingly never-ending bargaining process between the US, its allies and Iran continue to spin the original interim agreement struck in November 2013 (the Joint Plan of Action or 'JPA') - as well as the two extensions of the agreement struck in 2014 - as a success. But missing from the spin are cold hard facts. Most notably, despite the JPA and its two extensions, Iran continues to operate centrifuges, research and develop more advanced nuclear technology and missiles, and stonewall international nuclear inspectors with impunity. At the same time, the Iranian regime's extremist behavior and meddling in the region have continued unabated, as have its brutal repression and human rights abuses at home. The unprecedented economic pressure applied to Iran has also subsided. The inability of the parties to strike a final agreement in six months as initially set out under the terms of the JPA in 2013 should make it clear that Iran cannot, or will not, take the steps necessary to verify the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. This is despite the fact that the international community has made a number of considerable concessions to Iran, including an easing of sanctions pressure and recognition of Iran's right to enrich uranium. After more than a year of negotiations, there is simply no evidence to suggest that additional attempts to incentivize the Iranians to change course through more concessions or sanctions easing will be effective. Rather, Iran's refusal to make significant and timely concessions warrants a re-imposition and ratcheting up of sanctions... The US has spent enough time around negotiating tables in Geneva, Vienna and New York. It is time to go back to the effective policies of sanctions and economic pressure that brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place. Iran must understand that there will be catastrophic economic consequences resulting from a failure to reach a final and acceptable agreement. Rudyard Kipling wrote, 'if once you have paid him the Dane-geld, You never get rid of the Dane.' A hundred years later, the analogy is clear: we are indeed paying the Dane, an extremist theocratic terrorist state dangerously close to acquiring nuclear weapons capability. Let us heed Kipling's words."

Nov 20 2014
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"As six world powers and Iran race to meet a Monday deadline for an agreement that would constrain Iran’s nuclear program, the United States has staked out an ambitious goal for what an accord should accomplish. American officials say the agreement should slow the Iranian nuclear program enough that it would take Iran at least a year to make enough material for a nuclear bomb if it decided to ignore the accord. 'Our goal is to shut off each pathway sufficient that we know we have a breakout time of a minimum of a year,” Secretary of State John Kerry said last month.' ... 'Enrichment time needs to be pushed to a year,' said Gary Samore, a former senior National Security Council official and president of an advocacy group called United Against Nuclear Iran. 'This is what they need to have in order to sell the deal to Congress and U.S. allies.'"

Oct 21 2014
Jerusalem Post

UANI Executive Director David Ibsen: "Last week, representatives from European and Iranian businesses, trade organizations and think tanks gathered in London to plan for the 'post-sanctions' era. Specifically, the 1st Europe-Iran Forum was convened to facilitate European commercial participation in the Iranian marketplace. Multi-nationals are no doubt eager to re-invest in the Iranian economy, and they are looking forward to the day when sanctions are permanently lifted and commerce may once again start to flow between Teheran and major European capitals. Yet it would be premature for European multi-nationals to begin planning for a post-sanctions Iran while significant European and US sanctions architecture remains in place and before a comprehensive and sustainable agreement that ensures the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program is reached. The deadline for the extension to the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA ) originally struck in Geneva is set to expire on November 24. Many analysts, including members of the respective negotiating teams, remain pessimistic about the prospects of achieving a comprehensive nuclear deal by that date. Moreover, Iran’s 35-year record of financing the world’s most lethal terrorist organizations remains outside the scope of these negotiations. These deadly organizations have targeted American and European citizens as well as Iranian dissidents seeking sanctuary in European cities."

Oct 20 2014
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"The influential American lobbying organization 'United Against Nuclear Iran' criticizes Scania's important business in Iran. In a sharp letter to Scania CEO Martin Lundstedt and chairman Martin Winterkorn threatens lobbying organization with Scania's reputation and business interests may be harmed by the Iranian stores. In connection with the truck at the IAA in Hanover in September Di revealed that Iran covertly has become an important market for Scania truck. In its financial statements, Scania has never mentioned Iran's importance, but as Di demonstrated increased Scania order bookings from Iran - thanks to major orders - with about 4,000 trucks in the first half. This means that orders from Iran accounted for at least more than 10 percent of Scania's total order intake of 40,019 vehicles in the first half... UANI protested earlier this fall against the Volkswagen car brand Skoda's participation in a delegation of Czech companies that visited Iran. After protest Skoda chose not to visit Iran."

Oct 16 2014
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"The Europe-Iran Forum concluded in London Thursday. The event brought together Western and Iranian business leaders to explore opportunities in a 'post-sanctions' Islamic Republic, according to its brochure... Also on Wednesday, the Danish engineering firm FLSmidth informed the advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran that it would be pulling out of the forum. A spokesman for the firm confirmed the withdrawal to me. Even so, the brazenness of the forum's post-sanctions talk shows the extent to which, to many Western commercial interests, the sanctions regime targeting Tehran’s nuclear-weapons program appears frayed and perhaps crumbling—the Obama administration’s assurances to the contrary notwithstanding."