(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 action by the U.S. Treasury Department designating six Iranian citizens and one Iranian entity for conducting a state-sponsored attack on U.S. citizens and the U.S. electoral process. Concurrent with the designations, the U.S. Justice Department unsealed indictments against two of the Iranian citizens. Each is charged with executing a “campaign to intimidate and influence American voters, and otherwise undermine voter confidence and sow discord, in connection with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.”
“UANI applauds the Biden Administration for defending the integrity of U.S. elections and protecting Americans from state-sponsored attempts at intimidation and manipulation coming out of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Iranian regime has proven itself adept in carrying out sophisticated cyber attacks, but by imposing economic costs and criminal penalties on Iranian agents, the Biden Administration is strengthening U.S. deterrence.
“It is essential that the U.S. continues to impose increasingly stringent penalties on the Iranian regime so that it ends its malicious attacks. Americans are no strangers to the Iranian threat. The U.S. has consistently and repeatedly sounded the alarm. Nevertheless, Iran has continued its attacks against a wide array of U.S.-based businesses, organizations, and individuals.
“The importance of insisting upon an end to the Iranian regime’s malign behavior is clear, and changes in Iranian behavior should be a prerequisite to affording Iran any sanctions relief. UANI reiterates its call that the U.S. not sit down with Iran in negotiations to restart the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and instead develop a bipartisan strategy on Iran with Congress, and work with our allies in the Middle East and Europe on a shared policy toward Iran that reflects the realities of 2021 in Tehran and actually protects our security.”