U.N. sanctions will increase pressure on regime

June 09, 2010

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, today issued the below statement following the U.N. Security Council's adoption of a new fourth round of sanctions against Iran, which will place further pressure on the regime and reinforce the importance of abiding by global non-proliferation rules to countries around the world: 

"These new sanctions send a strong and clear signal to Iran that it must suspend its enrichment program and abide by its international commitments. Iran's refusal to address international concerns about its nuclear program is unacceptable, and the regime's irresponsible pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens to destabilize the region further and undercut the world's commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation. I hope that the Senate will move quickly on its own set of sanctions on Iran, and we urge our partners in Europe and around the world to do the same."

"The Senate should now maintain the current momentum by ratifying the New START Treaty, which will signal our commitment to reinforcing global non-proliferation and place additional pressure on Iran."

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