By Rachelle Lyndaker-Schlabach
Citing concerns over Iran’s nuclear program, the U.S. imposed several new rounds of sanctions on Iran last year. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened military action against Iran, a move resisted so far by the Pentagon but which would likely see congressional support. Sporadic talks continue between Iran and the “P5+1” (Russia, United Kingdom, U.S., France, China and Germany), and bilateral talks between the U.S. and Iran could take place in the new year.
MCC, which began work in Iran in 1990, has long called for diplomacy between the U.S. and Iran to resolve areas of disagreement. The MCC Washington Office has also expressed concern to policymakers about the humanitarian impacts of sanctions on Iranians. Join us in these efforts in the next Congress.