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Saperstein: "This demonstration of consensus among global leaders sends a clear signal to Iran that its pursuit of a nuclear weapons program remains unacceptable."
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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 9, 2010 -- In response to today's United Nations Security Council vote in favor of new sanctions against Iran, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
The Reform Movement applauds today's majority vote by the U.N. Security Council to impose new sanctions against the Iranian regime. These sanctions will significantly increase pressure on the Iranian arms, banking, technology, and investment sectors. This demonstration of consensus among global leaders sends a clear signal to Iran that its pursuit of a nuclear weapons program remains unacceptable.
Our commitment to nuclear non-proliferation is rooted in Jewish values and rules on just warfare, which eschew weapons that would kill indiscriminately and create sustained and lasting damage to the environment. In the hands of an extremist regime such as Iran, these weapons pose a threat to the international community at large, and the U.S. and Israel in particular, which have been targets of venom from Iran's leaders.
We acknowledge the efforts of the Obama Administration to prioritize engagement and diplomacy, while still recognizing the serious danger that a nuclear Iran represents to all the nations of the world. To that end, we hope that Iran will respond to these new economic sanctions by returning to the negotiating table to engage responsibly with the international community.