Statements & Press Releases

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  • NIAC Condemns Threats Targeting Jewish Community Centers January 18, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoWe are deeply disturbed by reports of threats to Jewish Centers across the country and condemn this and all acts of hate and violence. Today’s reports are sadly not isolated incidents. Unfortunately, these episodes appear to be on the rise. We were equally disturbed by reports on the rise of ...
  • NIAC Concerned That U.S. Banks are Denying Financial Services to Iranians in the U.S. January 9, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    chase-bank-2017Over the past few years, Iranian visa-holders resident in the United States have seen their bank accounts at U.S. financial institutions shuttered as a result of U.S. sanctions. The most recent case is that of Chase Bank, where NIAC has learned that Chase is closing the bank accounts of Iranian ...
  • U.S. Treasury Eases Humanitarian Trade with Iran December 22, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    niac logoWashington, DC – The National Iranian American Council released the following statement following OFAC’s amendments to the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR): “We are encouraged by OFAC’s proactive steps to ensure U.S. companies are actually able to utilize humanitarian exceptions to the trade embargo with Iran. OFAC’s amendments to the ...
  • NIAC Welcomes OFAC’s Efforts to Clarify Iran Sanctions-Lifting December 15, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    ofac-treasury-623x420Washington, D.C. – The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement following OFAC’s amendments to the Iran-related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): “We applaud OFAC for taking a significant step towards fully realizing the U.S.’s JCPOA commitments and providing guidance intended to reduce the risk for non-U.S. banks and companies ...
  • NIAC Statement on Iran’s Reaction to U.S. Sanctions Renewal December 13, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoWashington, DC – The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released a statement regarding reports that Iran has ordered its Atomic Energy Organization to begin studies on nuclear-propelled ships in reaction to the U.S.’s extension of the Iran Sanctions Act:
  • Report: Iran Sanctions Cost US Economy up to $272 Billion December 13, 2016
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    losing-more-billions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Trita Parsi Phone: 202-386-6325 Email: tparsi@niacouncil.org New report details massive lost U.S. job opportunities due to Iran sanctions Washington, DC – U.S. sanctions on Iran have carried a significant cost to the U.S. economy, a new report published by the National Iranian American Council today finds. Losing ...
  • NIAC Statement on Trump Election; We Will Emerge Stronger November 9, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-3-57-30-pmFew expected the results of last night’s election. But in this time of great uncertainty we are confident about one thing: we as a community will emerge from the coming period stronger and more unified than ever before. This election was proof that we cannot take anything for granted. The risk ...
  • NIAC Strongly Condemns Sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi, Urges Their Release October 18, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    baqer-and-siamak-namaziWashington, D.C. – NIAC President Trita Parsi released released the following statement after Siamak and Baquer Namazi were reportedly sentenced to ten-year terms in prison: “The sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi to ten-year prison terms is a gross injustice that should deeply embarrass the Iranian government. ...
  • NIAC Welcomes European Parliament’s Report on Diplomatic Engagement of Iran October 17, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    european-parliamentWashington, DC – The National Iranian American Council released the following statement on the report from the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs on EU strategy toward Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal: “The successful nuclear negotiations with Iran were a game changer and Europe is poised to make ...
  • Treasury Department’s FAQ Update Will Not Resolve Iran Sanctions Complications October 10, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    ofac-treasury-623x420Washington, DC – The United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) regarding the lifting of sanctions under the nuclear accord with Iran this week. The revised FAQs are a simple restatement and clarification of existing U.S. sanctions laws ...
  • Boeing License for Iran Sale Is Positive Step Forward September 22, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    airbus-and-boeing-are-bailing-iran-out-of-a-huge-problem-1NIAC welcomes news that the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has begun to issue licenses to Boeing and Airbus for the sale of civil passenger aircraft to Iran. This is a win-win that will save Iranian lives, create jobs for Americans, and ensure that ...
  • Omid Kokabee Granted Release August 30, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    991769-1461200117-wideWashington, DC – NIAC welcomes the release of Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee, who was granted parole by an Iranian court after serving five year in prison for charges of communication with a hostile government. NIAC remains deeply concerned about human rights violations in Iran, including the recent rise in detentions ...
  • NIAC Condemns Spate of Executions in Iran August 4, 2016
    NIAC Statement
    NIAC LogoWashington, DC – The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement after the Iranian government carried out a spate of approximately twenty executions: “NIAC condemns the Iranian government’s recent spate of executions and reiterates its call for Iran to uphold its international human rights obligations. The execution of a teenager ...
  • NIAC Statement on First Anniversary of the Finalization of the Iran Nuclear Accord July 14, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC Logo       NIAC President Trita Parsi released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the finalization of the Iran nuclear accord: “Today marks a full year since the U.S. and Iran, along with world powers, concluded marathon negotiations in the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The accord has succeeded ...
  • Why Black Lives Matter Is Important to Iranian Americans July 12, 2016
    Roksana Borzouei
    BLM-Farsi2A letter is circulating among minority communities, seeking to explain why the Black Lives Matter movement is important to many first- and second-generation immigrants, many of whom are not Black themselves. It seeks to show that the roots of problems affecting Black communities are the same roots of many of our ...