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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Congressman Condemns EU - Iran Deal

  

Jun 19, 2002
Press Release

[Washington, D.C.] “ Today, Congressman Brad Sherman, a member of the House International Relations Committee and its Subcommittee on Europe, sent a letter to the 15 European Union Member Ambassadors to the United States expressing his great disappointment that European Union foreign ministers had agreed on Monday to negotiate trade agreements with Iran without strict conditions.

The government in Iran, which the U.S. Department of State recently identified as the #1 state sponsor of terrorism, devotes significant resources toward the development of missile technology and nuclear weapons. Sherman argues that were Iran to succeed in developing weapons of mass destruction, American cities would most certainly be in danger and that financing the Iranian regime is not an appropriate activity for those who are friends of America.

œWe all look forward to the day when the people of Iran, the custodians of one of the worlds great civilizations, will be able to install a government worthy of that great people, said Sherman. œHowever, to pretend that day has already arrived can only be viewed as an intentional act of self-deception for immediate economic gain, in flagrant disregard for the security of the West and the best interests of the Iranian people.

Sherman continues to oppose World Bank plans to provide $755 million in loans over two years to the government of Iran. He is drafting legislation to cut off future payments by the United States to the World Bank should the bank approve any new loans to Iran. Although the United States has contributed 29% of the capital in the World Bank, our representative carries only 16% of the votes on the board of directors and may be unable to prevent loans from being approved.

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* A copy of Shermans letter is attached.

 

Dear Ambassador:

As a member of the International Relations Committee of the House of Representatives and its Subcommittee on Europe, I learned with great disappointment that on Monday, June 17 the European Union (EU) ministers agreed to negotiating directives for a Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Iran.

The United States Department of State has identified Iran as the number one state sponsor of terrorism. The President of the United States has identified the Iranian government as one of a small set of fanatical regimes whose development of weapons of mass destruction poses a significant threat to American security.

The American people are aware that those who truly control the government in Tehran are devoting significant resources toward the development of missile technology and nuclear weapons in order to solidify their regional dominance and threaten America. American cities would be in danger of attack from Iranian nuclear weapons which could be smuggled into the United States. Financing a nuclear threat to American cities is not an appropriate activity for those who are friends of America.

We all look forward to the day when the people of Iran, the custodians of one of the worlds great civilizations, will be able to install a government worthy of that great people. This would be a government that abandons efforts to develop nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and the ballistic missiles designed to convey them, abandons its support for terrorist organizations, and begins to respect human rights, especially the rights of women and religious minorities. When that day comes, then all peace-loving democracies in the world should conclude appropriate political and trade agreements with Iran. Pretending that that day has already arrived can only be viewed as an intentional act of self-deception for immediate economic gain, in flagrant disregard for the security of American cities and the bests interests of the Iranian people.

Please call me as soon as possible so that we can discuss this issue directly and personally.

Very truly yours,

 

BRAD SHERMAN
Member of Congress

P.S. I would also like to know whether your government plans to support proposed World Bank loans to the Islamic Republic of Iran which may come up later this year.