Washington, DC – Congressman Howard L. Berman (D-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the following statement on the passage of United Nations Security Council resolution on Iran sanctions.

“Today’s passage of a new Iran sanctions resolution at the UN Security Council is a significant diplomatic triumph for the Obama Administration, and particularly Dr. Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The resolution is a powerful statement of opposition by the international community to Iran's ongoing nuclear weapons program and a critical step in strengthening the multilateral sanctions regime intended to persuade Iran to suspend that program.

“We now look to the European Union and other key nations that share our deep concern about Iran's nuclear intentions to build on the Security Council resolution by imposing tougher national measures that will deepen Iran's isolation and, hopefully, bring the Iranian leadership to its senses. The U.S. Congress will do its part by passing sanctions legislation later this month.

“I urge the Iranian leadership to immediately bring itself into compliance with the long-standing demands of the international community regarding its nuclear program.”

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