EMET Releases Official Statement on Diplomacy with Iran

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As the Iranian regime continues to strengthen their nuclear enrichment program, EMET says time is running out to stop Iran.

WASHINGTON, DC – November 5, 2013 – The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) announces their strong opposition for wasting more time for diplomacy with Iran. Yesterday in Tehran, tens of thousands of Iranians are demonstrating and shouting “Death to America”, celebrating the 34th anniversary of the takeover of the American embassy, keeping 52 of our embassy officials’ hostage for 444 days, between November 4, 1979, until January 20, 1981. They are demonstrating in front of what used to be the American compound, but known in Iran as “The Spies’ Den.”

This comes at a time when no less of an objective assessor of Iran’s nuclear program then Olli Heinonen, who served as the Director to the International Atomic Energy Administration for 27 years said at a recent Washington press conference, that Iran has already passed the point of no return and that according to a recent Institute for Science and International Security report, Iran can achieve breakout in one month, and perhaps as soon as two weeks if it chooses to undertake a crash program.

Last week, the Obama administration met with leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, including AIPAC, The American Jewish Committee, and the Anti-Defamation League, in an effort to persuade a 60-day break in the sanctions against Iran, in an effort to give diplomacy time to work. They also lobbied members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Banking Committee to ease up on the sanctions.

Many people have fallen for Mr. Rouhani’s diplomatic “charm offensive”, even while he openly takes credit for Iran’s successful policy of deceiving the West. Rouhani boasted of his role as head negotiator for Iran from 2003 to 2005, and his successful use of diplomacy as a smokescreen behind which to hide the enormous progress to the nuclear enrichment program. Video of these boasts, to an Iranian journalist, can be viewed at www.emetonline.org.

We are running out of time, and quickly approaching zero hour. As yesterday’s demonstrations in Tehran reflect, although Israel is first in the crosshairs, this is not just about Israel. The Iranian regime is a theocratic, lunatic regime that has an abysmal human rights record. According to the United Nations, they have executed 724 of their own citizens in the last 18 months, including dozens since Rouhani’s election. They are responsible for more terrorism around the globe than any other nation state, according to the State department’s report on International Terrorism. And they have hegemonic designs. For all these reasons the United States can ill afford to delay action in the hopes that diplomacy will succeed where it previously failed.

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