Russia has criticized the latest vote in the U.S. Congress to tighten sanctions against Iran, stressing that it does not help resolve the nuclear disputes.
Reuters reports that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Giltov said: "Any additional sanctions are actually aimed at the economic strangulation of Iran but not at solving the problem of non-proliferation. What has been done through the Security Council is quite adequate and sufficient."
The U.S. Congress passed a bill on Wednesday to impose further sanctions on Iran's oil exports; however, there are still more steps before the bill becomes law.
A number of world leaders have expressed hope that Iran's new administration, which was elected on a platform of moderation, could help resolve the nuclear disputes.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet Hassan Rohani, Iran's new president, in Kyrgyzstan in September, and the nuclear negotiations are a top item on their meeting agenda.
- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) deplores the House of Representative's passage of H.R.850, a broad new Iran sanctions bill. "This does not send a message of good cop President and bad cop Congress, it projects an image of the bad cop running amok and the good cop having lost control," said NIAC President Trita Parsi. 8/1/13
- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran. Just days before Iran's new president is sworn into office, the House voted 400 to 20 on July 31 to approve the bill. The legislation would tighten sanctions and result in cutting Iran's oil exports by around 1 million barrels per day over the course of a year, with the goal of ending all Iranian oil sales worldwide by 2015. 8/1/13
- Washington, DC - The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) condemns the recent calls by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for war against Iran. Graham today told a Christians United For Israel conference that he plans to introduce an authorization for the use of military force in Iran in two months. - 7/24/13
- The National Iranian American Council commends Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), Rep. David Price (D-NC), and all of the 131 representatives who signed a bipartisan letter encouraging President Obama to reinvigorate diplomacy with Iran. 7/20/13
Interview: U.S. Lawmaker Discusses Letter Urging Reengagement With Iran On Nuclear Issue - More than 120 members of the U.S. Congress have signed a letter calling on President Barack Obama to reengage Iran diplomatically over its nuclear program following the election of the Islamic republic's next president. RFE/RL's Radio Farda correspondent Fred Petrossians spoke to one of the co-authors of the letter, U.S. Representative David Price... 7/20/13
- After an initial hard diplomatic push at the beginning of his first term, President Obama has overwhelmingly relied on economic pressure over diplomacy in an attempt to force Iran to satisfy international concerns regarding its nuclear program. But economic pressure has undermined prospects for a negotiated solution ... -Ryan Costello, NIAC 7/19/13
- Could this be the year for an engagement with Iran that "is honest and grounded in mutual respect," as President Obama proposed over four years ago? That goal seems unlikely without a shift in Iranian thinking and without a change in American diplomatic and political strategy. But two developments, one in Iran and one in the region, provide reason to think that diplomatic progress might be possible. -William Luers, Thomas R. Pickering, and Jim Walsh, NY Books - 7/18/13
- Twenty-nine prominent former government officials, diplomats, military officers, and national security experts are calling on the White House to pursue direct negotiations with Iran once the country's new president, Hassan Rouhani, is inaugurated. In a letter to President Obama today, the group called the election of Iran's new president "a major potential opportunity to reinvigorate diplomatic efforts to resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear program." - 7/16/13