USA*Engage Welcomes Administration’s ‘Smart,’ Multilateral Effort on Iran Sanctions"

Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Urges Congress to Refrain from Counterproductive Action

Washington, DC – USA*Engage today released the following statement in response to the Administration's announcement of additional sanctions on Iran.

"We welcome the Administration's multilateral work with our allies to impose expanded sanctions on entities in Iran that materially support Iran's nuclear procurement network," said Bill Reinsch, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Co-Chair of USA*Engage. "As advocates of ‘smart' sanctions and opponents of extraterritorial, unilateral sanctions, we applaud the Administration for taking decisive, coordinated and focused action under the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act and the USA PATRIOT Act."

"We applaud the Administration for carving out financial transactions for humanitarian trade, as far too often the unintended consequences of broad-brush sanctions negatively affect citizens of sanctioned nations, while failing to have any real impact on the regime they are intended to target," said Richard Sawaya, Director of USA*Engage.

"Given the Administration's action, we urge Congress to refrain from taking any steps to enact additional, unilateral sanctions, either in stand-alone legislation or as amendments to other 'must pass' legislation. Such measures would be counterproductive to deliberative, multilateral measures," Sawaya concluded.