UANI Applauds U.S. Sanctions On Iranian Financial Sector

(New York, N.Y.) – United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) Chairman Senator Joseph I. Lieberman and CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace released the following joint statement today upon news that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has blacklisted Iran’s entire financial sector and sanctioned 18 major Iranian banks:

“UANI applauds the Trump administration for taking this important step forward in the maximum pressure campaign while simultaneously remaining true to America’s moral commitments by ensuring the Iranian people have access to goods, supplies, and services that meet their essential humanitarian needs. By increasing economic pressure, the U.S. is amassing powerful leverage to thwart Iranian malign activity.

“Humanitarian exemptions remain enshrined in U.S. law, with the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement being the safest vehicle to ensure the Iranian people receive the support they need. The regime has a history of exploiting financial institutions to fund terrorism, with the U.S. Department of the Treasury reporting that the Central Bank of Iran was responsible for transferring billions of U.S. dollars and euros to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force during 2018 and early 2019. Those billions could have been spent to ensure the welfare of its people as opposed to its terror proxies. As a result, UANI urges the United States to demand that SWIFT terminate its relationships with all Iranian banks designated under today’s action, as well as all other financial institutions currently connected to the SWIFT network.

“The international community must come to terms with the reality that the Iranian regime is a terrorist organization and that the appropriate course of action to protect international peace and security is a full economic blockade.”

To read UANI’s resource, Next Steps in the Maximum Pressure Campaign, please click here.

To read UANI’s resource, What’s Wrong With The Iran Nuclear Deal, please click here.