“What I like, is they are in the weeds. You name a sector in the Iranian economy and they have been inside it, putting a lot of pressure on them. We’ve worked with them, especially on embargo and sanctions legislation. So many of the bills had their genesis with them.”
“Part of their approach involves putting pressure on corporations to end existing business relationships with Iran. Along with their success on that front, UANI has used that experience to communicate effectively with members of Congress on how best to strengthen existing sanctions and ensure companies are complying with our laws.”
"There are private groups in New York operating right now that are carrying out a covert war against the Iranian central bank, against their ability to print their own currency. And the economy is in free-fall."
“UANI is the most effective bi-partisan organizationworking to effectively confront the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran, and it effectively and actively contributes to our efforts to stop the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. UANI’s programs, projects and resources, such as its ‘private sanctions’ campaigns’ as well as legislative and regulatory initiatives, effectively increase the economic pressure against Iran. At a time when the United States and the international community are working to isolate Iran diplomatically and economically, UANI’s work is essential.”
"There’s a wonderful group called United Against Nuclear Iran, a group based out of here [New York], and their goal is to help figure out ways to pressure Iran and Iran’s regime to stop its pursuit of a nuclear weapon. They’re the ones who helped design the new sanctions that President Obama then called for, that some people think are maybe having an impact. The automotive industry is huge there, and its helped support the Iranian regime – United Against Nuclear Iran got Porsche and Hyundai to both pull out of Iran. They will no longer be selling cars in Iran. And that is a way you can really put a dent in what the Iranian regime is able to do. Congratulations to them."
“I will note, according to United Against a Nuclear Iran, since the unanimous Senate adoption of the Menendez-Kirk sanctions on Iran, the Iranian currency has fallen 63 percent in its value measured against the U.S. dollar. Iran may actually have to miss a payment to Hezbollah which would be welcome indeed."
"UANI has done a unique job in spotting the existing loopholes in the international sanctions regime. Increasing the transparency of current business transactions and providing much-needed information are simply two of the many contributions they have made to the multilateral effort to counter the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran."
“United Against Nuclear Iran… has become an annoying thorn to Iran, which regards it as a vigilante extension of a hostile American foreign policy… United Against Nuclear Iran’s monitoring system, called Minerva (an acronym for Marine Intelligence Network and Rogue Vessel Analysis) is one of many tools used by the group in an increasingly aggressive campaign. The group has claimed success for persuading dozens of multinational corporations to stop doing business with Iran. It was also among the first to pressure Swift, a global banking communications consortium, to expel sanctioned Iranian financial institutions last year.”
"I want to thank the witnesses for being here today, for sharing your insights. I want to thank you for what you do every day. I don't think a day goes by where I am not reading something from UANI ... So, thank you."
"The Iranian government considers the activities of United Against Nuclear Iran 'counterproductive and contrary to the policy announced by the new administration in early 2009, which purportedly sought to diplomatically interact with Iran.'"
"…one should not minimize the impact UANI’s enquiries have had… Owners are also grateful to UANI for having alerted them to the two calls to Iranian ports which had not been reported to Owners by the bareboat charterers either in advance or after the fact. Without this information Owners would have accepted the reported Charterers voyage itineraries on face value and, as we advised, these did not disclose the two Iranian port calls."
July 14, 2013 “For the first time since the imposed war [Iran's 1980s war with Iraq], our economic growth has been negative for two years in a row, and this is the first time that the negative growth is accompanied with high inflation -- the highest inflation in the region or perhaps in the world.”
June 10, 2013 "When have we ever been faced with such sanctions since the 1979 revolution? The situation was not even this difficult during the war [with Iraq in the 1980s]... We are faced with difficulties in repatriating our petrodollars due to the sanctions targeting our banking system."
June 10, 2013 "I'm not saying that the sanctions have not caused any problems, but the government's mismanagement, which doesn't allow us to benefit from the country's huge capacity, is the main cause of the current situation."
January 16, 2013 “Naturally the sanctions create a series of problems, including a slowdown in the country's growth, pressure on wide swathes of people who have a fixed income, disruption in foreign trade, and certainly a gap between classes.”