Iran Policy in the Aftermath of U.N. Sanctions: Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate

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Original publisher: Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 2011. LC Number: KF26 .F6 2010r OCLC Number: (OCoLC)726899400 Subject: Economic sanctions -- Iran. Excerpt: ...Given Iran's dangerous progress, some will argue that engagement has been wasted. Well, we all wish Tehran's response had been different. But, frankly, our ability to secure a new resolution at the United Nations, and our ability to persuade allies to go still further in pressuring Iran came about because we were prepared to engage and show our willingness to have engagement over some period of time. And it is the exhaustion of patience with that effort to engage, that has, in fact, helped to bring a reluctant China and Russia to the table.In the end, though, the true test of our policy will not be pressure applied, but behavior changed. Recent experience suggests that neither sanctions nor engagement alone will convince Iran to abandon its nuclear program. Only by combining both pressure and diplomacy into a comprehensive and coordinated strategy will we have a chance at altering Iran's behavior.Now, there's no guarantee that Iran will not continue to reject our diplomatic overtures. And that will present an opportunity to turn the pressure even higher. But given the stakes involved, if there is an opening, we must be willing to explore it. When I was recently in Syria, President Assad talked to me about the possibilities for that kind of an opening, and for the possibilities of even building on Iran's initial offer. I know the administration will look at any opportunity to legitimately try to do so.But the current situation brings us to the heart of the questions at today's hearing. Given the failure of the previous three U.N. Security Council resolutions to deter Iran, the pregnant question is, How will this one be different? How much time do we have and how long will it take for these sanctions to have an impact? What are the real redlines for the Iranian ...

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