USA Engage Calls Easing of Iran Sanctions a Positive Step

Thursday, 16 March 2000

"While the recent election victory by Iranian reformers is very encouraging, many questions affecting U.S.-Iran relations remain to be resolved. It is important, therefore, that the United States take advantage of opportunities to improve bilateral relations, such as easing trade sanctions and engaging Iran’s elected leaders," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USAH ENGAGE.

Kittredge noted, however, that "while easing the embargo on some Iranian goods coming to the United States would help, it would do nothing for U.S. exporters who seek to sell their products in Iran. In addition, the United States is still ceding one of the world’s most important energy reserves to foreign oil and gas interests, which is counterproductive to U.S. national interests."

"A policy of engagement will be far more constructive and beneficial than continued unilateral isolation. In any event, it has become clear that America's allies and trading partners support this approach rather than continued U.S. attempts to isolate Iran. This lack of cooperation makes it all the more important to explore all potential openings for improved relations," Kittredge concluded.

USAH ENGAGE is a coalition of 670 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. For more information on USAH ENGAGE and the harmful effects of unilateral trade sanctions, visit the USAH ENGAGE web site at


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