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Expert: Delayed sanctions aided Iran

By Bill Zlatos

President Obama erred in postponing sanctions against Iran for a year and a half, a former U.S. diplomat said Thursday.

"I think the administration made a big mistake delaying sanctions ... while they attempted to persuade the Iranians to come to the negotiating table, because they were operating from a position of weakness, instead of a position of strength," said Kristen Silverberg, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union from July 2008 to January 2009 and a former assistant secretary of State from August 2005 to July 2008.

The delay, she said, "gave Iran basically an 18-month pass to develop its enrichment capability."

Silverberg, 39, of Washington, the chief operating officer of Vorbeck Materials, a nanotechnology company in Maryland, met with the Iran Task Force of Pittsburgh in a visit sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh. The task force is an interfaith, nonpartisan group that aims to educate people about Iran's nuclear ambitions.


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The Iran Task Force has created a Speakers Bureau to educate the
community about
Iran's nuclear ambitions and to explain what we can
do to help.

Our speakers can customize their presentations for any type of
meeting or event – and for lengths of time as short as 10 minutes
or as long as an hour.


To inquire about scheduling a speaker, contact Jeffrey Cohan
at 412-992-5234 or at


Pittsburgh to Iran: No Nukes!

In response to Iran's aggressive pursuit of nuclear-weapons capability, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has adopted an Iran Action Plan and formed an Iran Task Force to educate and mobilize both the Jewish and non-Jewish community.

The objective is to enlist not only Pittsburgh's Jewish community but all of Pittsburgh in a campaign supporting diplomatic and financial measures to stop Iran's development of nuclear weapons.

Creating such a campaign in Pittsburgh is a high and urgent priority for the Federation and the sole focus of the Iran Task Force, which is co-chaired by community leaders Barbara Burstin and David Steinbach.

This Web site is an important part of the unfolding campaign. Please check it regularly for updated news articles, lists of Iran-related events, and other important information.

For more information, please contact Community Relations Council Director Jeffrey Cohan at 412-992-5234 or

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