Prepared Testimony by Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg Before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs: Minimizing Potential Threats from Iran: Administration Perspectives on Economic Sanctions and Other U.S. Policy Options

October 6, 2009

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Related Country: 

  • Iran

To that end,the Obama Administration has embarked on a dual‐track strategy that presents a clear choice to Iran’s leaders: they can negotiate in good faith, prove their willingness to address the concerns of the international community, and in turn improve Iran’s standing in that community, or they can face increasing international isolation and pressure.We see these two tracks as complementary rather than contradictory, with the understanding that engagement and pressure used in coordination offer the best and most likely path to our objective. We also understand the Congress’s interest in taking action, and look forward to consulting fully on any legislative effort, with the aim of maximizing our ability to pursue this two track strategy.