UANI Calls For Snapback Sanctions, Maximum Pressure Following IAEA Reports

(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 after published reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) indicated that since November, Iran has nearly tripled its stockpile of enriched uranium in violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and failed to provide access to two locations suspected of containing undeclared nuclear material.

“Iran’s aggressive defiance of the IAEA is the latest and clearest demonstration of the threat posed by its nuclear program to international peace and security. The ease with which Iran could restart its nuclear program was just one reason why the U.S. was justified in its decision to withdraw from the agreement.

“It is unfortunate that the P4+1 (China, Russia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom) continues to act as if the JCPOA is a viable framework for holding Iran accountable. The JCPOA Joint Commission even failed to acknowledge in its latest chair’s statement that the E3 (France, Germany, and the United Kingdom) has triggered the accord’s dispute resolution mechanism. We call upon the E3 to acknowledge the failure of the JCPOA and support snapback sanctions at the U.N. Security Council. Maximum economic pressure is working, and we call on our responsible allies to join the effort to isolate Iran.”

UANI has previously outlined 17 areas where additional action can be taken to strengthen the maximum pressure campaign – some of which have already been acted on by the United States government, including increasing sanctions on Iran’s petrochemicals sector and designating Martyrs Foundation companies and officials – entities associated with Hezbollah’s support network – as global terrorists. Additionally, UANI’s report, What’s Wrong with the Iran Nuclear Deal, provides an overview of the fatal flaws in the existing nuclear deal and recommendations for a new deal.