AJC Praises New EU Sanctions Against Iran

Jun 17, 2010, 12:27 ET from American Jewish Committee

NEW YORK, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC praised the European Union's decision to adopt tougher sanctions against Iran as the Tehran regime defies world opinion by pressing ahead with its nuclear ambitions.

"Iran's drive for nuclear-weapons capability is the gravest current threat to global security," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "By imposing these new sanctions just one day after the United States adopted robust new measures, the EU has laudably declared that the Iranian regime's dangerous actions require a heightened response."

The new sanctions were approved at today's EU summit in Brussels. The sanctions include a ban on investments, technical assistance and technology transfers to Iran's key oil and gas industry.

The U.S. sanctions announced on Wednesday ban Americans from trading with a number of firms and individuals, including Iran's Post Bank, Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi, and the air force and missile command of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

SOURCE American Jewish Committee