SFRC: ‘Multilateral Sanctions’ Will Result From Continued Iran Nuke Secrecy
In response to some of the talk about Iran sanctions coming from the Hill — like from the House Foreign Relations Committee’s chairman, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) — Frederick Jones, communications director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a warning that everyone needs to have a clear goal: multilateral sanctions if diplomacy doesn’t work.
“The P5+1 will meet with Iran next week, and we should allow this diplomatic engagement to run its course,” Jones said, referring to the group consisting of the U.S., the U.K., China, Russia, France and Germany seeking to close the Iranian nuclear file. “Given today’s disclosure of Iran’s secret nuclear fuel facility, if Iranian intransigence continues, the United States will lead the effort to pursue multilateral sanctions against Iran in concert with our allies. As we move in that direction, we need to ensure that our unilateral efforts do not undermine the prospect for achieving tougher multilateral sanctions that will be most effective in bringing pressure to bear on Iran.”