UANI Statement On Today's Report That Iran Has "Nuclear Fuel for One Weapon"

UANI Statement On Today's Report That Iran Has "Nuclear Fuel for One Weapon"

November 20th, 2008
Contact: Joe Kildea; [email protected]
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"On the heels of yesterday's comments from the IAEA that Iran continues to refuse to cooperate with UN inspectors, today, the New York Times reported that 'Iran has now produced roughly enough nuclear material to make, with added purification, a single atom bomb.'  President-elect Obama and President Bush have called Iran's development of nuclear weapons technology 'unacceptable.'  As Iran edges closer to possessing a nuclear weapon, Iran's economy has suffered from declining oil prices, economic sanctions, waning foreign investment and, of course, the downturn in the global economy.   The frailty of Iran's economy and its growing international isolation present a unique opportunity for the diplomatic resolution of Iran's nuclear ambitions.   We urge President Bush, and President-elect Obama to work with our allies and others to re-focus diplomatic effort, and to increase economic, political and social pressure on Iran." - Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, President, United Against Nuclear Iran

President-Elect Barack Obama On Iran's Pursuit Of A Nuclear Weapon
President-Elect Obama: "Iran's development of a nuclear weapon, I believe, is unacceptable. And we have to mount a international effort to prevent that from happening." (Press Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 11/7/08)

President Bush On Iran's Pursuit Of A Nuclear Weapon
President Bush: "Iran is dangerous, and they'll be even more dangerous if they learn how to enrich uranium." (Remarks, Washington, DC, 12/11/07)

International Sanctions Imposed On Iran Are Working
Forbes: Sanctions "Dissuade Even The Hardiest Energy Firms From Investing In Iran." "Iran's lucrative energy reserves are looking increasingly unloved, as the threat of a fresh round of sanctions looms over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the United Nations this week. … [T]he sanctions already in place should be enough to dissuade even the hardiest energy firms from investing in Iran." (Lionel Laurent, "Iran's Chances Of Energy Investment Fade,", 9/23/08)
Associated Press: Sanctions "Slow Iran's Trade." "American and European sanctions on Iran haven't stopped Hasan Safdari from exporting electronic equipment to his homeland across the Persian Gulf from this small U.S. ally. But they have forced the Iranian trader to change the way he does business. Most banks here won't financially back his exports or transfer money to Iran, which is only a short flight away." (Ali Akbar Dareini, "Sanctions Slow Iran's Trade, But Not Stop," Associated Press, 8/18/08)
The Wall Street Journal: Iranian Government Admits Sanctions "Have Pushed Up Costs And Slowed Down Some Projects." "… U.S. and United Nations sanctions aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program have pushed up costs and slowed down some projects in Tehran's $16 billion effort to double domestic refining capacity, said Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, a top adviser to the oil minister and the country's recently replaced refinery czar." (Roshanak Taghavi, "Iran Strives To Expand Oil Refineries," The Wall Street Journal, 11/1/08)
Los Angeles Times: "International Sanctions Have Exacerbated The Economy's Weaknesses." "Iran has reason to worry. Not only is its budget heavily dependent on revenue from oil exports, but international sanctions have exacerbated the economy's weaknesses." (Ramin Mostaghim And Borzou Daragahi, "Oil Drop Ends Crude Swagger," Los Angeles Times, 10/20/08)