A bipartisan group of seven senators sent a letter
to President Obama Wednesday, November 16, urging the United States to seek a strong resolution concerning Iran at the Nov. 17-18 board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). “We appreciate that there will, as always, be opposition in some quarters to a strong resolution at the IAEA Board of Governors,” wrote Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). “Securing such a resolution is therefore an important test of U.S. leadership and resolve at this vital juncture.” The letter comes less than a week after the Director-General of the IAEA issued an unprecedented and alarming report, detailing the considerable evidence that the Iranian government is moving toward the capability to develop nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. Meanwhile, the House on Tuesday passed
an amendment by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) that prevents the U.S. Government from doing business with international classification societies that also do business with countries that are State Sponsors of Terrorism, including Iran.