AIPAC pushes US congress for new Iran sanctions

AIPAC pushes US congress for new Iran sanctions
Tue Nov 26, 2013 22:43:23

The most powerful pro-Israel advocacy group in the US, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is bucking the Obama administration by pushing the US Congress to press forward with legislation that could impose new nuclear-related sanctions on Iran.

In the wake of the landmark agreement over the weekend between Iran and six world powers top aides to President Barack Obama urged Congress to hold off any action on new sanctions that they say could upset the pact.

But a policy memo issued by AIPAC Monday (and posted here) encourages US lawmakers to keep up the pressure on Tehran.

"Congress must...legislate additional sanctions, so that Iran will face immediate consequences should it renege on its commitments or refuse to negotiate an acceptable final agreement," the AIPAC statement says.

"Congress, working with the administration, must strictly oversee the initial agreement and ensure Iranian compliance. In the event Iran violates the agreement, the administration must revoke all sanctions relief."

Israel has been conducting a massive propaganda against Iran’s civilian nuclear program which has been conducted under supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities by the IAEA have never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear energy program has been diverted toward non-civilian purposes.

The Israeli regime is widely believed to be the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, with an estimated 200-400 nuclear warheads.

The Israeli regime, which rejects all regulatory international nuclear agreements, particularly the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity over its nuclear activities and refuses to allow its nuclear facilities to come under international regulatory inspections.


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