Prepared Statement by Senator Christopher Dodd Before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs: Minimizing Potential Threats from Iran: Assessing Economic Sanctions and Other U.S. Policy Options

July 30, 2009

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Related Country: 

  • Iran

The new Obama Administration has undertaken an aggressive dual-track approach—offering high-level engagement with Tehran and sustained pressure through economic sanctions -- while warning that Iran, as Secretary Gates said this week, “won’t be allowed to run out the clock.” 

Multilateral efforts to pressure Iran and bring them to the table continue. While the offer for talks by the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany is still open, the Administration has made clear they expect Iran’s answer by the fall meetings of the G-20 and the UN General Assembly.