This Week in Iran Policy

“The one-sided nuclear deal didn’t bring security for America, stability in the Middle East, or a change in the regime’s behavior – it never will. Re-establishing the  @UN  Arms Embargo on Iran puts pressure Iran to behave like a normal country and come back to the bargaining table.” –Secretary Pompeo Tweet, August 27, 2020 DESIGNATIONS FOR ...
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This Week in Iran Policy

“Our message is very, very simple: the United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles, and other kinds of conventional weapons. These UN sanctions will continue the arms embargo.” –Secretary Pompeo Remarks, August 20,2020 Statement by Secretary Pompeo On Designations for Iranian Human ...
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Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook Visits Israel for Consultations on Iran (July 1)

Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook Visits Israel for Consultations on Iran (July 1)   Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Brian Hook held discussions on Iran with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi in Jerusalem, Israel on ...
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IAEA Board of Governors Adopts Resolution, Calls on Iran To Cooperate Without Further Delay (June 19)

IAEA Board of Governors Adopts Resolution, Calls on Iran To Cooperate Without Further Delay (June 19)   Today, the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted a resolution calling on Iran to provide IAEA inspectors the information and access they have requested and that Iran is obligated to provide. Iran’s denial ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (June 19)

This Week in Iran Policy (June 19)   “Iran has a choice:  It can answer the IAEA’s questions and comply with the legitimate requests for access, let inspectors travel freely, and be transparent about its activity, or Iran can take its current path of stonewalling and deception.  This, however, will only increase Iran’s diplomatic isolation.  ...
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Iran’s regime spends billions to limit citizens’ internet access (June 3)

Iran’s regime spends billions to limit citizens’ internet access (June 3)   Iran’s regime has spent at least $4.5 billion to build a domestic intranet that would further tighten restrictions on everyday Iranians’ internet access. The regime has long blocked thousands of web sites. Now the government is seeking greater control over content through a ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (May 29)

This Week in Iran Policy (May 29)   “President Trump’s maximum pressure campaign has constrained and countered Iran in unprecedented ways. We have deprived the clerical rulers of vast amounts of revenue. We have disrupted their financial networks and their sectarian networks. Because of our pressure, Iran’s leaders are facing a decision: either negotiate with ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (May 22)

This Week in Iran Policy (May 22)   “Our maximum pressure campaign also entails demanding that the regime in Tehran treat its own people with respect and dignity.  Today, the United States announces that it is imposing sanctions on 12 Iranian individuals and entities under human rights authorities.” -Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Podium Briefing, ...
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Iran struggles with economy broken by regime failures (May 20)

Iran struggles with economy broken by regime failures (May 20)   The Iranian regime is struggling to avoid economic disaster after the regime’s years of economic mismanagement and terrorist financing. More than 7 million Iranians have lost their jobs or been furloughed during the COVID-19 crisis, regime spokesman Ali Rabiei recently acknowledged, according to Voice ...
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Iranian regime’s history of provocations continues (May 13)

Iranian regime’s history of provocations continues (May 13)   The Iranian regime’s seizure of a Hong Kong-flagged tanker and harassment of U.S. forces in April are the latest in its pattern of violence. Over the past year, the regime or its proxies have downed a U.S. drone, attacked oil fields in Saudi Arabia and shelled ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (May 8)

This Week in Iran Policy (May 8)   “They’re telling the world that they’re broke and they need relief from American sanctions, they need humanitarian assistance.  But we’ve offered humanitarian assistance, and the ayatollah and the kleptocrats, the theocrats that lead the Iranian regime today are still out spending money on things that don’t benefit ...
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Iran’s Space Program is Dangerous, Not Peaceful (April 25)

Iran’s Space Program is Dangerous, Not Peaceful (April 25) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE For years, Iran has claimed its space program is purely peaceful and civilian. The Trump Administration has never believed this fiction. This week’s launch of a military satellite by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, makes clear what we have said all along: Iran’s space program is ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (April 24)

This Week in Iran Policy (April 24)   “If Iran needed aid on this, I would be willing to do something…they were hit very hard.  Obviously, those numbers weren’t correct numbers that they reported.  But if they needed help, if they needed aid, if they needed ventilators — we have thousands of ventilators currently on ...
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Iran’s History of Naval Provocations (April 22)

Iran’s History of Naval Provocations (April 22)   “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.” -President Donald J. Trump, Twitter, April 22, 2020 Iran has long used its naval forces to terrorize the international maritime community – this ...
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Iran’s Sanctions Relief Scam (April 6)

Iran’s Sanctions Relief Scam (April 6)    “I think the Iranian [people] love America. I think they’d love to be free…They love what we stand for…if they need help with respect to the virus, we have the greatest medical professionals in the world. We’d love to send them over.” -President Trump, Remarks to the Press ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (April 3)

This Week in Iran Policy (April 3)   “… As we’ve said for the detainees in Iran, now is the most appropriate moment to use this humanitarian challenge as a reason to allow these people to return to their families and their loved ones. State Department’s working hard to get them back.” -Secretary of State ...
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Iran’s regime refuses virus aid, slighting its people (March 31)

Iran’s regime refuses virus aid, slighting its people (March 31)   Iran’s leaders have repeatedly refused outside offers to help everyday Iranians who are suffering from COVID-19, worsening the regime’s failed response to the outbreak. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the aid group also called Doctors Without Borders, said March 24 that Iran’s regime rejected previously ...
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Restrictions on Iran’s Nuclear Program Continued (March 30)

Restrictions on Iran’s Nuclear Program Continued (March 30) The United States is renewing four restrictions on the Iranian regime’s nuclear program for an additional 60 days.  Iran’s continued expansion of nuclear activities is unacceptable. The regime’s nuclear extortion is among the greatest threats to international peace and security.  As President Trump said earlier this year, Iran ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)

This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)   “The United States calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release on humanitarian grounds all wrongfully detained Americans being held in Iran. The United States will hold the Iranian regime directly responsible for any American deaths. Our response will be decisive.” – Secretary Pompeo, Press ...
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This Week in Iran Policy, January 13–17 (January 17)

This Week in Iran Policy, January 13–17 (January 17)   “President Trump and those of us in his national security team are re-establishing deterrence – real deterrence ‒ against the Islamic Republic. In strategic terms, deterrence simply means persuading the other party that the costs of a specific behavior exceed its benefits. It requires credibility; ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (December 13)

This Week in Iran Policy (December 13)   “As long as [Iran’s] malign behavior continues, so will our campaign of maximum pressure… these sanctions are aimed not at China, not at the Iranian people, but at the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran that is engaged in activity that poses threats around the world…We will ...
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This Week in Iran Policy, November 18-22 (November 22)

This Week in Iran Policy, November 18-22 (November 22)   “As Iranians take to the streets in protest, the Ayatollahs in Tehran continue to use violence and imprisonment to oppress their people. The United States’ message is clear: the American people stand with the people of Iran.” – Vice President Mike Pence, Twitter, November 20 ...
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