July 1, 2010 | Press Release

FDD Applauds President Obama and Congress for Enacting Tough Iran Sanctions

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July 1, 2010


Judy Mayka

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FDD Applauds President Obama and Congress for Enacting Tough Iran Sanctions

White House now has more authority than ever to counter the Iranian threat

Washington, D.C. (July 1, 2010) – The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) congratulates President Obama and the U.S. Congress for enacting a comprehensive Iran sanctions bill with overwhelming bipartisan support.

The legislation enables the President to pressure Iranian leaders to abandon their unlawful nuclear program, by barring companies that do business with the Iranian regime from operating in U.S. markets.

“In signing this bill, President Obama gains more power than any previous president has had to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, supporting terrorism, and abusing its own people. The Obama administration and Congress deserve credit for establishing this authority,” said Mark Dubowitz, director of FDD's Iran Energy Project. “With time running out, and the centrifuges spinning, the White House must enforce these sanctions.”

“As South Africa showed in the 1980s, sometimes sanctions are a people's best hope for a more just government,” Dubowitz continued. “The Iranian people would be heartened if additional sanctions proved unnecessary, and Iran's international business partners chose to stop enabling the regime to repress them. By doing business with Tehran, these companies are propping up a regime that jails, tortures and kills Iranians who yearn for democratic reform.”

Through its Iran Energy Project, FDD provides leading research and analysis in support of strong, broad-based energy sanctions, including gasoline, natural gas, and oil sanctions, and focuses on the prominent role of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iran's energy industry. For more information, please visit IranEnergyProject.org.

For more information on FDD's Iran Energy Project, please contact Judy Mayka at [email protected]


The Foundation for Defense of Democracies is a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that drive terrorism. Founded shortly after the attacks of 9/11, FDD combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications, and investigative journalism in support of its mission. For more information, please visit www.defenddemocracy.org.