World Jewish Congress Applauds United Nations Sanctions on Iran

Jun 09, 2010, 20:07 ET from World Jewish Congress

NEW YORK, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Jewish Congress applauded today's passage of new sanctions against Iran by the U.N. Security Council. This resolution demands that Iran immediately stop all efforts to advance its nuclear capability, allow for U.N. inspection, and places additional restrictions on nuclear-related and other trade. Twelve Security Council members voted for this latest in the series of sanction resolutions against Iran. Turkey and Brazil alone voted against the sanctions, while Lebanon abstained.

Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, said, "This resolution is an important demonstration of the international community's unwillingness to tolerate a nuclear Iran that is characterized by continuous human rights abuses and threats against its neighbors. The resolution includes a ban on Iran's acquiring heavy weapons and prevents Iran from investing in any nuclear- related entities such as uranium mines or nuclear enrichment plants."

"In defiance of previous sanctions resolutions, Iran has been secretly developing its nuclear program for many years and its nuclear centrifuges continue to enrich uranium at an alarming rate. The world cannot allow a rogue state that intimidates its own people with harsh methods such as torture, imprisonment, and execution to possess nuclear capability. As Iran has repeatedly threatened the United States, Israel and the Middle East, Europe and others, one has to take this regime at its word. A nuclear Iran would undermine the stability and balance of power in the Middle East and encourage nuclear proliferation in other regions."

"The World Jewish Congress believes that these sanctions are an important step and that additional pressures must be applied as well in order to stop Iran. We applaud the members of the U.N. Security Council, led by the United States Mission to the United Nations which invested yeoman efforts, for all their work in passing these measures and urge the international community to immediately enact and enforce them. We also urge the European Union to enact its own sanctions, as it has been promising for a long time, which would go a long way in bolstering these U.N. measures. We also urge the United States Congress to finalize its sanctions legislation and President Obama to sign it into law. The entire international community can together demonstrate the courage and determination to exercise the ability to keep Iran in check," added Lauder.

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