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January 22, 2021

Washington D.C. – Ryan Costello, Policy Director with the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s announcement of a review to ensure that existing U.S. sanctions do not unduly hinder responses to the COVID-19 pandemic:

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October 29, 2020

Mana sits down with Rep Anna Eskamani, Happy Valley Councilor David Emami, and Dr. Nazita Lajevardi to talk Iranian-American civic life, political engagement, barriers to participation, and more.

January 22, 2021

Washington D.C. – Ryan Costello, Policy Director with the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s announcement of a review to ensure that existing U.S. sanctions do not unduly hinder responses to the COVID-19 pandemic:

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June 25, 2020

“The Trump administration broke the international consensus around Iran that took years to build,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, senior fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “I think this will go down as an epic strategic blunder during the Trump Era.” DiMaggio was speaking on NIAC’s recent panel examining current and future U.S. policy toward Iran, entitled “A Maximum Pressure Exit Strategy: Can the U.S. Save the Iran Nuclear Deal Before it’s Too Late?” Joining DiMaggio as panelists were Jamal Abdi, President of NIAC, and Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund. Sanam Shantyaei, Senior Journalist at France 24, led the panel as moderator. 

January 22, 2021

Nuclear Inspections to be Restricted. Zarif says Khamenei Approved Bill on Nuclear Expansion. Khamenei’s Advisor Indirectly Says Negotiations Possible after a JCPOA Return. Rouhani’s Chief of Staff Suggests Sanctions Will be Lifted Within Months. Backlash to Khamenei’s Comments Banning Western Vaccines.

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January 22, 2021

This week, Iran and the new U.S. administration sent indirect messages to each other on the JCPOA. Also, President Biden’s cabinet nominees were asked about Iran. Please see our breakdown and analysis below: 

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June 25, 2020

“The Trump administration broke the international consensus around Iran that took years to build,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, senior fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “I think this will go down as an epic strategic blunder during the Trump Era.” DiMaggio was speaking on NIAC’s recent panel examining current and future U.S. policy toward Iran, entitled “A Maximum Pressure Exit Strategy: Can the U.S. Save the Iran Nuclear Deal Before it’s Too Late?” Joining DiMaggio as panelists were Jamal Abdi, President of NIAC, and Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund. Sanam Shantyaei, Senior Journalist at France 24, led the panel as moderator. 

January 19, 2021

No doubt the case of Sharghi, as well as the release of other American dual nationals unjustly held in Iran—such as father and son, Baquer and Siamak Namazi—will be an important undertaking for the incoming Biden administration. NIAC condemns the arbitrary detention of dual and foreign nationals and calls on Iranian authorities to abide by their international human rights obligations, and provide transparency and due process in its legal cases.

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