Minimizing Potential Threats from Iran: Assessing Economic Sanctions and Other U.S. Policy Options, Hearing Before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session on Examining How the United States Can Use Sanctions and Other Forms of Economic Pressure to Prevent Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapons Capability, July 30, 2009   [open pdf - 227KB]

From the opening statement of Evan Bayh: "As we gather here today, there is perhaps no challenge more pressing or vexing than Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. The extent of the three is well documented. The Iranian regime has refused to cease its illicit nuclear activities in defiance of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. It is the world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism, and it has provided arms and training to dangerous terrorists groups in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories. And as we have all observed so vividly in the past few weeks, it is engaged in brutal repression of its own citizens. If this regime were to acquire nuclear weapons, it could spark a dangerous arms race in the Middle East, do irreparable damage to the global nonproliferation regime, and pose a serious threat to the security of the United States and our allies. In confronting a threat of this magnitude, a sense of urgency is in order. [...] I hope that today's hearing will help underscore the depth of the Senate's concern over Iran's nuclear program and will demonstrate to Iran and to the international community that Congress is prepared to act." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Evan Bayh, Jon Tester, Bob Corker, Robert Menendez, Mel Martinez, Jeff Merkley, Mike Johanns, Michael F. Bennet, Joseph I. Lieberman, Nicholas Burns, Christopher J. Dodd, Matthew Levitt, Suzanne Maloney, and Danielle Pletka.

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S. Hrg. 111-336; Senate Hearing 111-336
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