1993: Dr. Gary Sick addresses Iranian nuclear issue at major AIC conference

1993: Dr. Gary Sick addresses Iranian nuclear issue at major AIC conference

Dr. Gary Sick, who served in the US National Security Council under Presidents Carter and Ford, addressed US-Iran relations and the nascent nuclear issue at 1993 at a major AIC conference. 

"I take the apparent Iranian buildup and attempt to build a nuclear capability very seriously," Sick said. "From all the evidence that I've seen, it looks as if Iran is making a major play in that direction. However, I believe it is in quite the early stages, and that means that there is room for maneuver on both sides, if there is any goodwill and there is something to talk about."

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2002- Sen. Joe Biden addresses important role AIC has played in US-Iran relations

2002- Sen. Joe Biden addresses important role AIC has played in US-Iran relations

Well before he became Vice President, Senator Joe Biden addressed the need for exchange, people-to-people diplomacy, and direct engagement between the United States and Iran. Speaking at a 2002 American Iranian Council event in Washington, DC, Biden stressed the importance of the work that the AIC and other organizations have done.

"We should continue to encourage citizen exchanges. A two-track circuit has developed in recent years and it’s important to keep it going. Organizations such as the American Iranian Council, the Open Society Institute, the Nixon Center, they’ve all played a critical role, and I applaud them all," the Delaware Senator said.

He added, "In my capacity as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, I am prepared to receive members of the Iranian Parliament whenever its members would like to visit."

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