Iran Sanctions

  • NIAC and PayPal Take Steps to Address Payment Concerns Within Venmo April 19, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    The National Iranian American Council (“NIAC”) and PayPal Inc. issued the following joint statement regarding certain difficulties Iranian Americans were having using Venmo during the Persian New Year: During the recent Persian New Year (“Norooz”), some Iranian Americans ran into difficulties while trying to send certain ...
  • Top U.S. Sanctions Official: Iran Must See Promised Sanctions Relief April 14, 2016
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    As analysts warn that some U.S. sanctions continue to deny Iran the practical benefits of sanctions relief under the nuclear deal, the Treasury Department’s top sanctions enforcer made the case on Wednesday for why the U.S. must ensure Iran receives promised relief.
  • Can Iran Get Out of Its Own Way? February 1, 2016
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Iran wasted no time seizing its newfound diplomatic maneuverability. Two weeks after its nuclear deal with global powers was implemented, President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Italy and France with a clear message to the world: Iran is open for business. De-escalating tensions with the West facilitated $55 billion worth of ...
  • 3 Steps to Ensure U.S.-Iran Dialogue Continues Under Future Administrations January 20, 2016
    Trita ParsiTrita ParsiTyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Doubting the power of diplomacy is like doubting climate change at this point. Despite the skepticism Barack Obama faced in the 2008 elections for his willingness to talk to adversaries — including accusations of naiveté from Democratic and Republican rivals alike, Obama’s diplomacy has now both prevented a disastrous war ...
  • U.S. Sidelines Itself in the Rush to Iran January 19, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    The lifting of sanctions on Iran is an important milestone that has the potential to herald a new era in political and economic relations between Iran and the West. The big question on the table now, however, is whether the United States will be a part of this new era ...
  • NIAC Applauds Implementation Day Milestone for Iran Nuclear Accord January 16, 2016
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
                 Washington, DC – NIAC Policy Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement ahead of the expected announcement that the parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have reached “Implementation Day,” a major milestone in which Iran has completed key nuclear concessions and the international community eases nuclear-related sanctions ...
  • Iran Sanctions Bill Hits Partisan and Procedural Snags in House January 14, 2016
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    The House of Representatives narrowly voted to block the President from lifting sanctions on Iran on Wednesday before, minutes later, nullifying it and scheduling a rare “re-vote” for when lawmakers return later this month.
  • Can the Iran Accord Survive New Challenges? December 31, 2015
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    While Iran has swiftly moved to comply with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the multilateral nuclear accord struck in July, hardliners in both Iran and the U.S. have already succeeded in provoking actions that threaten to poison the atmosphere for the deal’s implementation. As the agreement enters ...
  • Together With NIAC, An Incredible Year of Accomplishments December 30, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Dear friends, Looking back, there’s no question: this has been a historic year of accomplishments for our community. Here’s what we accomplished together in 2015: We helped secure a historic nuclear deal with Iran that prevented both war and nuclear proliferation. We helped lead effort to win the necessary votes for the nuclear deal ...
  • Text: Sec. Kerry Letter to Zarif Regarding Visa Waiver Reform December 20, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Secretary Kerry’s letter to the Iranian Foreign Minister reassuring Iran that recently passed visa reforms would not threaten U.S. JCPOA commitments.
  • IAEA Report Shows Iranian Compliance with Nuclear Accord November 20, 2015
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    Iran has taken the first steps to implement the nuclear accord struck with the U.S. and world powers in July, according to the latest quarterly report by the IAEA.
  • 2015 NIAC Leadership Conference: News, Videos, and Photos November 7, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Melody Safavi, Mohammad Aghebati, and Guest“In truth, many look West… They pine for what we have: connectivity, travel, commerce, science, art, life. Six thousand years of civilization does not fall away easily, and in Iran, it has not. It stands tall amongst its neighbors, and is fascinatingly different from the Arab Sunni world that ...
  • Shaheed in Washington to Discuss Human Rights in Iran After the Nuclear Deal November 4, 2015
    Carson WeaverCarson Weaver
    Washington, DC – As Iran begins to undertake its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Ahmed Shaheed – the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran – and other experts examined the challenges and opportunities for advancing human rights ...
  • U.S. Should Forge Economic Ties with Iran October 8, 2015
    Tyler CullisTyler CullisAmir Handjani
    Despite the resolution of the decade-long nuclear dispute, the Obama administration has declared that the United States will not seek economic ties with Iran, thwarting the hopes of the U.S. commercial sector and Iran’s young population. Instead of changing the paradigm that has existed in U.S. policy towards Iran – ...
  • After Review Period, Further Congressional Obstruction on Iran October 2, 2015
    Sahar KianSahar Kian
    While the Congressional Review Period for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ended September 17 and the parties prepare to implement the nuclear deal, the debate in Congress has continued on. On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed one bill threatening the deal, which received a veto threat from ...