Statements & Press Releases

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  • NIAC Statement on Reports that Officers Responsible for Fatal Shooting of Iranian-American Will Not Face Charges November 15, 2019
    “The outrage of the killing of Bijan Ghaisar by two U.S. Park Police officers demands answers and justice. Instead, the U.S. Justice Department dragged its feet, prolonged the agony of Bijan’s family, and ultimately shielded those officers from any charges for killing an unarmed young man. This is a travesty, and ...
  • NIAC Statement on Iran’s Fourth Reduction in Nuclear Deal Compliance November 5, 2019
    “The announcement that Iran will soon feed gas into centrifuges at Fordow is unwelcome news to all those who have sought to resolve the nuclear standoff diplomatically. This is yet another completely predictable result of the failed ‘maximum pressure’ policy adopted by Donald Trump. “International concerns regarding the Fordow facility ...
  • NIAC Statement on the 40th Anniversary of the Iran Hostage Crisis November 4, 2019
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 4, 2019 CONTACT: Mana Mostatabi | 202.386.6325 x103 | NIAC President Jamal Abdi issued the following statement marking 40 years since the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran: “The seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran 40 years ago by Iranian students has left a lasting scar ...
  • NIAC Statement on Increased U.S. Restrictions on Humanitarian Trade with Iran October 25, 2019
    NIAC President Jamal Abdi issued the following statement on the Treasury Department’s adding new burdens to humanitarian trade with Iran: “The Trump administration has sounded the death knell for humanitarian trade with Iran. Through its action today, the administration has made clear that the Iranian people are in the cross-hairs ...
  • NIAC Statement on Rouhani’s Speech at the UN General Assembly September 25, 2019
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    Washington DC – Today, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivered his address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In his remarks, Rouhani emphasized the rising tensions across the Middle East and underscored that negotiations with the United States could not move forward until sanctions are lifted.
  • NIAC Statement on Trump’s Address at the UN General Assembly September 24, 2019
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 CONTACT: Mana Mostatabi | 202.386.6325 x103 | Washington DC – Today, President Donald Trump delivered his third address to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) since taking the presidency. As tensions between the U.S. and Iran hit an all time high, Trump aggressively targeted ...
  • NIAC Statement on Trump Administration’s Latest Sanctions on Iran September 20, 2019
    “President Trump’s recent sanctions designations appear duplicative at first glance, but in fact will likely eviscerate humanitarian trade with Iran that had already been sharply reduced following the U.S. exit from the nuclear deal. The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) had continued to play a major role in existing humanitarian ...
  • NIAC’s Statement on President Trump’s Tweet Concerning Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities September 15, 2019
    “If Trump fails to heed his anti-interventionist instincts and listens to the warmongers surrounding him, the U.S. risks triggering a regional war more catastrophic than the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Cooler heads must prevail and invest seriously in deescalatory measures to stabilize the whole region.”Even before the facts have become ...
  • NIAC Deeply Concerned by Flight Ban on Iranian Students September 13, 2019
    In response to recent reports that the Trump Administration is preventing Iranian students with visas from boarding their flights to the United States, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) issued the following statement: “The National Iranian American Council is deeply concerned by reports that a large number of Iranian students with ...
  • NIAC Congratulates Trump for Firing Bolton September 10, 2019
    “We congratulate President Donald Trump on what may become the best decision of his Presidency. This single move dramatically reduces the chances of a new, catastrophic war in the Middle East. We have long said that the key first step in resolving the crisis with Iran was for Trump to ...
  • NIAC Statement on Iran’s Intent to Reduce Compliance with Nuclear Deal September 4, 2019
    “Iran’s announcement is a predictable consequence of the Trump administration seemingly closing off every opportunity to resolve the Iran standoff diplomatically. A U.S. failure to pivot from maximum pressure to the diplomatic opportunities initiated by France and other American allies ensures a continued cycle of escalation that could quickly spin ...
  • NIAC Congratulates Sharif University Students on 2019 AIAA Win August 29, 2019
    “We would like to commend the group of Sharif students who defied the odds to win an engine design competition at a prestigious AIAA forum, as well as to extend our apologies on behalf of our elected government for the ridiculous and offensive hurdles placed in these students’ way.”
  • NIAC Statement on the Trump Admin’s “Public Charge” Regulation August 12, 2019
    NIAC is deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s public charge rule change, which is yet another step from this administration designed to target immigrant communities in pursuit of its discriminatory, white nationalist goals. This administration’s hostility toward immigrants began with the Muslim ban, which is still in force, and continued ...
  • NIAC Statement on the Imposition of U.S. Sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif July 31, 2019
    WASHINGTON DC – Moments ago, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it was imposing sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The sanctions were imposed on Zarif, according to the Treasury, because he has acted on behalf of Iran’s Supreme Leader. The move comes after reports earlier ...
  • Coalition of Foreign Policy Experts Outline 8 Recommendations to Deescalate Tensions with Iran July 30, 2019
    As foreign-policy practitioners with decades of collective experience in national security and diplomacy, we write to warn that U.S.-Iran tensions have entered a dangerous new phase that has put us on the brink of a disastrous and avoidable war. The administration’s decision to violate the Iran nuclear agreement in pursuit ...