What is UANI and what do they stand for?
United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a program of the American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran, Inc., is a section 501(c)(3) organization. UANI is a non-partisan, broad-based coalition that comprises individuals and organizations from across the spectrum. UANI’s coalition of members -- including human rights and humanitarian groups, the labor movement, political advocacy and grassroots organizations, representatives of diverse ethnicities, faith communities, political and social affiliations -- are united in a commitment to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to become a regional superpower possessing nuclear weapons. UANI is an issue-based coalition in which each coalition member has its own interests as well as the collective goal of advancing an Iran free of nuclear weapons. UANI is led by a board of outstanding national figures representing all sectors of our country.
What is so bad about a nuclear Iran?
A nuclear Iran would be a major threat to American security interests, regional stability, and world peace. Since 1979, the Iranian regime, has demonstrated increasingly threatening behavior and rhetoric toward the US and the West. Iran continues to illegally procure nuclear equipment even after the JCPOA. A number of Arab states have warned that Iran’s development of nuclear weapons poses a threat to Middle East stability and could provoke a regional nuclear arms race. In short, the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran is a threat of the highest magnitude. Iran is led by radical Islamic clerics with a history of hostile behavior including a willingness to wage war and to battle the United States and its allies. With a nuclear weapon, Iran would be able to project its power throughout the region, threaten key US allies as well as American troops, and share the technology or the weapons with terrorist groups that target the United States.
Isn't Iran's nuclear program for peaceful purposes?
While the Iranian regime has long insisted it is enriching uranium to use only for energy and not weapons, this is false and disingenuous. Only after a period of several years was Iran eventually forced to disclose its nuclear program. Most notably, in September 2009 Iran finally revealed to the IAEA the existence of a secret uranium enrichment facility (the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant) located near the city of Qom. Evidence indicates that construction began in 2006 and is capable of running approximately 3,000 centrifuges. Iran’s refusal of several years to disclose this information to the IAEA casts significant doubt on the regime’s true motivation for its nuclear program. As early as 2008, Iran’s stockpile of 320 tons of uranium hexafluoride was enough fuel to make as many as 100 bombs.
In January 2010, Iran agreed to a fuel swap deal that would have required Iran to send the majority of its uranium stockpile abroad for enrichment. This would have deprived Iran of the amount of uranium necessary to build a nuclear weapon. But Iran reneged on the agreement. In June 2010, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, confirmed: “Iran has not provided the necessary cooperation to permit the IAEA to confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is for peaceful activities.”
The international community correctly identified that if Iran truly wanted a peaceful nuclear program, outsourcing enrichment would make the process easier, as the Iranian government would be provided with a set supply of enriched uranium, eliminating the need for a difficult and expensive domestic enrichment program. By rejecting this deal, Iran sought to delay action by the international community and demonstrated its true intentions.
Iran also continues work on a heavy-water nuclear reactor at Arak. In April 2017, Chinese and Iranian ambassadors agreed to a cooperation deal to reconstruct the Arak heavy-water reactor. Arak is especially concerning since the spent fuel from a heavy-water reactor is better suited for nuclear weapons than the plutonium produced by light water reactors like the one the Iranians are building at Bushehr. Iran says it will not separate the plutonium from the spent fuel and that the reactor will be used for the civilian purpose of producing medical isotopes, but Iran already has a research reactor with unused capacity that is capable of producing medical isotopes and experts have pointed out that the Arak facility is much larger than necessary for that purpose.
When will Iran have a nuclear weapon?
The JCPOA preserved the fundamental elements of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and placed only limited, temporary, and reversible constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities. By simply waiting for certain constraints to expire under the terms of the JCPOA, Tehran can emerge as a threshold nuclear weapons power. As a result of the sunset provisions, the JCPOA provides Iran with patient but inevitable pathways to nuclear weapons capability.
What will UANI be doing about Iran?
- Build a broad, bipartisan and inclusive coalition with leading individuals and organizations representing a broad spectrum of views;
- Educate the public about the nature of the Iranian regime, including its desire and intent to possess nuclear weapons, as well as Iran’s role as the key state sponsor of global terrorism, and a major violator of human rights at home and abroad;
- Heighten awareness nationally and internationally about the grave threat that a nuclear-armed Iran poses to the region and the world;
- Educate the public and opinion leaders about Iran’s role as the key state sponsor of global terrorism, leading executor of women and children, and major violator of human rights at home and abroad;
- Mobilize public support, utilize media outreach, and call upon elected leaders to voice a united American opposition to a nuclear Iran;
- Lay the groundwork for effective US policies in coordination with European and other allies;
- Persuade the regime in Tehran to desist from its quest for nuclear weapons; while striving not to punish the Iranian people, and;
- Promote efforts that focus on vigorous national and international, social, economic, political and diplomatic measures.
What can I do to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon?
At first glance, the problem of a nuclear Iran may seem too big for any one person to confront, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. You can:
- Use the UANI website action center to organize your own protest and write letters to the editors of major news publication;
- Sign up for UANI’s Eye on Iran to stay informed;
- Write letters to elected officials;
- Divest from organizations doing business in Iran;
- Donate to UANI.
How can I donate to UANI?
You can make a donation online or contact UANI for additional information.
How do I contact UANI?
You can call UANI at 212-922-0063, fax to 212-682-1238 or send an email to