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Statement By Senator John McCain Regarding The United Nations Security Council Resolution On Iran


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) made the following statement today regarding the United Nations Security Council's passage of Resolution 1929, sanctioning the government of Iran for its development of a nuclear weapons program:

"I wish I could say that today's Security Council resolution is worth the more than six months it took to produce, but that is just not the case. The resolution is a lowest common denominator product, which builds only modestly on the three sanctions resolutions that the UN Security Council has passed already. What's more troubling, today's vote was not unanimous, as the votes on all three previous resolutions were. So the claim that Iran's government is more internationally isolated than ever is patently false. This sends a troubling mixed signal about the resolve of the international community to prevent Iran's development of a nuclear weapons capability.

"Now it is time to get serious. I call on the Congress to finish a strong Iran sanctions bill, so we can vote it into law without further delay. I call on the Administration, and our friends and allies overseas, to go above and beyond the provisions of today's Security Council resolution and to impose our own targeted sanctions on the officials, banks, front companies, and industries that sustain the Iranian government's drive toward a nuclear weapons capability. Finally, I call on President Obama to dramatically increase our country's support for the universal human rights and democratic aspirations of the Iranian people. The greatest way to affect the change we seek in Iran's behavior is not votes in the United Nations, but by helping Iran's people to realize their desire for freedom and justice."

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