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President Obama Has Made it Clear He Will Not Allow a Nuclear Iran

January 23, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. ET

President Obama has been clear his administration will take whatever steps are necessary to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The President has imposed the toughest sanctions Iran has ever faced, which are having a major impact on the Iranian economy, and has stood with our ally Israel in isolating the Iranian regime around the world.

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS MADE IT CLEAR HE WILL NOT ALLOW A NUCLEAR IRAN

President Obama has repeatedly affirmed that the United States is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.  [MSNBC, 6/9/10]

Secretary Of Defense Panetta Reiterated That The United States Will Take “Whatever Steps Necessary” To Stop Iran From Developing An Nuclear Weapons. [CBS, 12/19/11]

President Obama Accelerated The Deployment Of Ships And Antimissile Systems To The Persian Gulf To Defend Against Possible Iranian Missile Strikes. [New York Times, 1/30/10]

PRESIDENT OBAMA PASSED THE MOST SEVERE SANCTIONS IRAN HAS EVER FACED

With President Obama’s Leadership, The United States Gained The Support Of Russia, China And Other Nations To Pass United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929, Creating The Most Comprehensive And Biting International Sanctions Regime The Iranian Government Has Ever Faced. [UN News Centre, 6/9/10]

  • Citing Sanctions, Russia Banned All Exports Of Major Weapons Systems To Iran. [New York Times, 09/22/10]

In June 2010, President Obama Worked With Congress To Pass The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, And Divestment Act, Which Strengthens Existing US Sanctions And Makes It Harder For The Iranian Government To Buy Refined Petroleum And Other Goods It Needs To Modernize Its Oil And Gas Sector. [Associated Press, 6/24/10]

  • Close to $60 billion in energy-related projects in Iran have already been put on hold or discontinued as of the end of 2010. [Bloomberg, 12/1/10]
  • President Ahmadinejad Has Been Forced To Admit The Serious Impact Of Sanctions Placed On Government By The Obama Administration.  [Washington Post, 11/1/11]
  • The Iranian Economy Now Faces Its Bleakest Prospects In Two Decades With An Almost Unanimous Forecast Of Low Growth, High Inflation, And Continued Double-Digit Unemployment. [Carnegie Endowment For International Peace, 03/18/10]
  • The Iranian Rial Has Lost About 35% Of Its Value Since September 2011. [Washington Post, 01/02/11]

In November 2011, The Obama Administration Took Additional Steps To Increase Pressure On The Iranian Regime To Comply With Its International Nuclear Obligations.

  • President Obama Issued An Executive Order Expanding Already Robust Sanctions To Target Entities That Help Develop Oil And Petrochemical. [Executive Order, 11/21/11]
  • The Treasury Department Identified Iran As A “Primary Money Laundering Concern, “To Highlight The Risks Of Doing Business With Iran. [The White House, 11/21/11]
  • The State And Treasury Departments Prohibited U.S. Persons from Engaging In Business With A Eleven Individuals And Entities For Their Role In Assisting Iran’s Nuclear Program. [State Department, 11/21/11]

In December 2011, President Obama Signed Into Law New Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Central Bank and Its Oil Revenues. [The White House, 01/23/12]

  • In January 2012, The European Union Decided To Impose A Phased Ban On Oil Purchases From Iran. [01/23/12]

In January 2012, The Obama Administration Designated Bank Tejarat, Iran’s Third-Largest Bank, As Subject To New Sanctions. [Treasury, 01/23/12]

PRESIDENT OBAMA LED THE EFFORT TO ISOLATE IRAN

President Obama Has Made The Choice Clear, Iran Can Either Fulfill Its International Obligations And Reap The Benefits Of Economic and Political Integration Or It Can Choose Isolation. [The White House, 11/21/11]

PRESIDENT OBAMA STRONGLY CONDEMNED THE  IRANIAN REGIME’S ATTACKS ON ITS CITIZENS

President Obama Forcefully Spoke Out In Support Of The Iran People’s Efforts To Make Their Voices Heard And “Strongly Condemned” The “Unjust Actions” Of The Iranian Government.  [NYT, 06/23/09]

PRESIDENT OBAMA STOOD BY ISRAEL IN THE FACE OF THE IRANIAN THREAT

Prime Minister Netanyahu Praised President Obama For His Efforts To Prevent Iranian Nuclearization And For Defending Israel's Right To Protect Itself Against Iranian Proxies. "President Obama has said that the United States is determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The president successfully led the Security Council at the UN to adopt sanctions against Iran." [Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Address to Congress, 5/24/11]

The Obama Administration Has Reinstituted Sanctions Against Iran-Allied Syria And Strongly Condemned Syria’s Transfer Of Scud Missiles And Other Arms To Hezbollah, Iran’s Proxy In Lebanon. [New York Times, 5/19/11] [The Telegraph, 4/20/10]

 

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