J Street opposes Iranian nuclear weapons

November 30th, -0001

Myth:
J Street has defended Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Fact:
J Street is strongly opposed to the development of nuclear weapons by Iran. Preventing Iran from acquiring such weapons is a critical strategic interest of the United States, Israel, and the entire Middle East, and is essential to achieving regional peace and stability.

We agree with President Barack Obama and the leadership of the United States Congress that the United States must do everything possible to prevent the development of Iranian nuclear weapons. We believe that any serious and realistic attempt to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions demands a comprehensive and multilateral approach, rooted in diplomatic engagement with Iran and the international community.

In the face of continued Iranian rejection and provocation, we also believe the time has come for the United States and its international partners to ready new multilateral sanctions on the Government of Iran as a means of gaining leverage at this decisive moment in the diplomatic track. To enhance the tools at the United States’ disposal as part of a broad multilateral effort to increase pressure on Iran, J Street supported Congressional passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009 (IRPSA). Presentation of this bill for the President’s consideration will highlight, at a critical juncture for the Iranian Government, that they face a real choice between one path that leads to further isolation and another that leads to full integration in the international community and the ability to develop their economy to its full potential.

We remain strongly opposed to the use of military force by Israel or the United States to attack Iran.