Press Release

Gillibrand Statement on UN Nuclear Watchdog’s Report on Iran’s Secret Work Towards Building a Nuclear Weapon

Nov 8, 2011

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today after the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog released a report saying the Agency “has serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program.” The report found, “The information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device. The information also indicates that prior to the end of 2003, these activities took place under a structured programme, and that some activities may still be ongoing.”

“Today’s report should serve as a wake-up call to the world community. As the evidence mounts of Iran’s nuclear advances, it is clear the Iranian regime is becoming an existential threat to the United States and our allies and we must act quickly to enact a new round of international sanctions.  

“I urge Congress to pass the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Sanctions Consolidation Act, my bi-partisan legislation that increases economic pressure on Iran. This strong legislation gives the President improved tools to help stop Iran’s nuclear program. We must cut off ties with any company that buys oil and gas from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. We must keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of all hostile nations. We must stand together and make it crystal clear – we cannot, and will not, tolerate a nuclear Iran.”