Joint Statement Regarding the Current Framework Deal Between Iran and the P5+1 from Simon Johnson, CEO JLC and Gillian Merron CEO Board of Deputies

We are concerned that the current framework deal between Iran and the P5+1 over the former's nuclear programme does not take into account Iran's behaviour in the region and beyond.

Disregarding the broader behaviour of the Iranian regime for the sake of a deal is irresponsible and dangerous.

Iran maintains its support for proxies, such as Hezbollah, who destabilise the entire region and it continues its sponsorship of terrorism. Hezbollah is known to have perpetrated a terrorist attack on European soil, in 2012 in Burgas, Bulgaria, and is suspected to have been behind the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish centre in Buenos Aires. Meanwhile, Iran propagates antisemitism and Holocaust denial at the highest levels and its poor human rights record, including the persecution of Baha'is, Christians and LGBT people, is well-documented and is widely said to have worsened since the election of President Rouhani.

Iran's insistence on the immediate lifting of sanctions as part of the deal would waste the leverage that current sanctions have provided. The current sanctions target a full range of Iran's rogue conduct, including ballistic missiles, terrorism, support for the Assad regime in Syria, and human rights violations. Acquiescing to the Iranian demand for immediate lifting of sanctions will be to the benefit of Iran's proxies - the Houthis, Hezbollah - who target Jewish interests abroad, and Hamas.

We believe that sanctions should be only very gradually lifted as progress on dismantling and disabling systems is verified by inspectors.