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Sounding the Alarm on Iran's Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons and its Support for International Terrorism.

Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons capability, its support for international terrorism, its efforts to subvert and attack its neighbors and its collusion with the murderous Assad regime in Syria jeopardize global peace and security.

For decades, AJC has been sounding the alarm on the Iranian threat. After several weeks of careful considerations, AJC decided in 2015 to oppose the Joint and Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. Rather than dismantling Tehran’s nuclear infrastructure, as was the original objective, the agreement puts only a temporary freeze on the program while validating Iran’s future status as a nuclear threshold state.

Since the JCPOA is now in place, AJC advocacy continues to focus on two areas:

  1. Ensuring that the international community has the mechanisms in place to enforce the nuclear deal’s restrictions—as temporary and limited as they are—to intrusively monitor Iranian behavior, and reimpose sanctions in the event of any violation.
  2. Highlighting the need to confront Tehran’s regional aggression, the worsening human rights abuses at home and its support for international terrorism. Within this context, we consider it of critical importance to place the entire Hezbollah terror group, which is funded and controlled by Iran, on the EU terror list.

Related events

July 17, 2020

Launch of Transatlantic Declaration: The EU Must Ban Hezbollah

On the twin anniversary eve of Hezbollah's bomb attacks in Argentina (1994) and Bulgaria (2012), the Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) called on the EU to finally ban the terror group. The declaration was covered by global media outlets including POLITICO Europe, The Hill, Die Welt, Gazeta Wyborcza and The Jerusalem Post . At the virtual launch event, TFI Chair MEP Lukas Mandl, TFI Vice Chair MEP Dietmar Köster, AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal, and the Washington Institute’s Hezbollah expert Matthew Levitt discussed the initiative’s impact. AJC CEO David Harris delivered concluding remarks.
March 20, 2019

40 Years of Theocracy in Iran: Regional Policy and Global Ambitions

Hosted by MEP Ramona Nicole Mănescu, the AJC Transatlantic Institute co-organized with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) a conference in the European Parliament entitled "40 Years of Theocracy in Iran: Regional Policy and Global Ambitions." AJC CEO David Harris delivered concluding remarks.
May 02, 2018

"Tick Tock" Should We Salvage the Iran Deal?

With just ten days before U.S. President Donald Trump's announced decision on the lran nuclear accord, TAI Director Daniel Schwammenthal was invited by United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) to join the timely expert panel...

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18/09/2013

AJC Transatlantic Institute Calls for the Cancellation of Planned Iran Visit

18 September 2013 - Brussels - The AJC Transatlantic Institute called on the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iran to halt plans for a visit to Tehran this fall. At today’s delegation meeting, Chair Tarja Cronberg (Greens/EFA, Finland) announced her...

18/09/2013

AJC Welcomes Release of Nasrin Sotoudeh from Iranian Prison

September 18, 2013 – New York – AJC welcomed the release of Nasrin Sotoudeh from an Iranian prison today. A courageous women’s rights advocate and lawyer, Sotoudeh received the prestigious European Parliament 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Eleven other prisoners of conscience also...

26/07/2013

Finally, EU Makes Hezbollah Pay for Terror in Europe

By Daniel Schwammenthal

Fox News

26 July 2013

"We are all Hezbollah now...

24/07/2013

EU and Hezbollah: Half a Loaf is Far Better Than No Loaf

By David Harris

Jerusalem Post

The European Union has now designated the “military wing” of Hezbollah as a terrorist...

22/07/2013

AJC Transatlantic Institute Welcomes the EU's Designation of Hezbollah's Military Wing

22 July 2013 – Brussels – The AJC Transatlantic Institute welcomed the decision of the European Union at today’s Foreign Affairs Council to list the “military wing” of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

"Today’s decision by EU Foreign...

17/07/2013

Daniel Schwammenthal “Live From…” the European Council in Brussels

EU Foreign Ministers will meet on Monday, July 22, 2013 in the European Council building to discuss whether or not to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation. Speaking from in front of that building just one day before the first anniversary of that horrific attack,...

16/05/2013

Remarks: House of Commons Hearing (UK): ‘Iran and Europe’s Containment Illusion’

With Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute in Brussels and John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness (Joshua Goodman, Communications Director at the AJC Transatlantic Institute, participated in the Question and Answer session that followed Mr. Schwammenthal's presenation...
26/04/2013

TAI Welcomes Iran Trip Cancellation

26 April 2013 – Brussels – The AJC Transatlantic Institute welcomes the news that the planned trip of a European Parliament delegation to Iran next week will no longer take place. According to a statement from Tarja Cronberg (Greens/EFA, Finland), Chair of the European...

24/04/2013

European Parliamentarians’ Iran Visit Undermines Human Rights

24 April 2013 – Brussels – The AJC Transatlantic Institute condemns a planned European Parliament delegation trip to Iran. The visit, expected to begin next week, will only serve to further undermine human rights in Iran.

“The European Parliament...