|AIPAC says will continue to work for stronger sanctions against Iran||
TEHRAN – In a rare public statement, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee distanced itself on Saturday from reports that it would refrain from campaigning for stronger
U.S. sanctions against Iran, Haaretz reported.
“There will absolutely be no pause, delay, or moratorium in our efforts,” AIPAC said.
“AIPAC supports diplomatic efforts to achieve an end to Iran's nuclear program,” AIPAC President and lay leader Michael Kassen said in a statement issued by the organization. “Diplomatic talks have been made possible because of the strong sanctions passed by Congress and implemented by the administration. Until Iran suspends its enrichment program, additional sanctions are vital for diplomacy to succeed.”
The on-record statement came a few hours after Haaretz quoted ADL National Director Abe Foxman as confirming that Jewish leaders who had met with senior White House staff last week had agreed to stay their public campaigns for stronger sanctions. “That means that we are not lobbying for additional sanctions and we are not lobbying for less sanctions,” he told Haaretz, as well as other U.S. media outlets.
Multiple sources have now confirmed to Haaretz that following their White House meeting, Jewish representatives had agreed to honor the administration’s request and to refrain from campaigning publicly in favor of new and tougher sanctions against Iran during the next round of talks between the P5+1 forum and the new Iranian government.
National Security Adviser Susan Rice and other senior U.S. officials had told the group that strengthening sanctions at this time could unravel the international coalition against Iran and could jeopardize chances for a negotiated settlement to the nuclear standoff with Tehran.
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