Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook visits the United Arab Emirates for Consultations on Iran (June 28)

Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to Secretary Brian Hook visits the United Arab Emirates for Consultations on Iran (June 28) United States Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook visited the United Arab Emirates June 27-28, 2020. During the visit, Special Representative Hook met with His Highness Minister ...
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Lifting arms embargo on Iran will fuel regime’s terrorism (May 28)

Lifting arms embargo on Iran will fuel regime’s terrorism (May 28) The United States will not allow a 13-year arms embargo on the Iranian regime to expire and, if necessary, will use authority under an existing U.N. resolution to keep the restrictions in place. In a May 13 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. Special ...
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Iranian regime profits from Maduro’s stolen gold (May 11)

Iranian regime profits from Maduro’s stolen gold (May 11) Mahan Air, Iran’s largest commercial airline, has been flying to Venezuela and leaving with tons of gold bars that the Maduro regime has stolen from the Venezuelan people, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said. “These flights must stop, and countries should do their part to ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (April 17)

This Week in Iran Policy (April 17)   “The very first thing we did when we learned that Iran was being hit in a significant way with this virus was to reach out and offer humanitarian assistance…We wanted to bring technical assistance and all the things that America can bring to help save Iranian lives.” ...
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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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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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Further Sanctions on Entities Trading in or Transporting Iranian Petrochemicals (March 18)

Further Sanctions on Entities Trading in or Transporting Iranian Petrochemicals (March 18) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Yesterday, the U.S. Department of State-sanctioned nine entities and three individuals who have engaged in activity that could enable the Iranian regime’s violent behavior. The actions of these individuals and entities provide revenue to the regime that it may use to ...
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Sanctions on Entities Trading in or Transporting Iranian Petrochemicals (March 18)

Sanctions on Entities Trading in or Transporting Iranian Petrochemicals (March 18)   On March 18, the U.S. Department of State imposed sanctions, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13846, on the following seven entities for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petrochemical products from Iran. South African ...
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Iran’s Failed Space Launch (February 11)

Iran’s Failed Space Launch (February 11)   The Iranian regime uses satellite launches to develop its ballistic missile capabilities.  The technologies used to launch satellites into orbit are virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in longer range systems, including intercontinental ballistic missiles.  Each launch, whether failed or not, further allows Iran to gain experience ...
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Bypassing regime, U.S. delivers lifesaving medicine to Iranians (February 4)

Bypassing regime, U.S. delivers lifesaving medicine to Iranians (February 4) The U.S. is ensuring that cancer drugs and other lifesaving medicines reach Iranian patients, part of a broader push to support everyday Iranians and bypass the Iranian regime’s systemic corruption and financial mismanagement. The channel, developed in cooperation with the Swiss government, has already delivered ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (January 25)

This Week in Iran Policy (January 25)   “…our mission set is twofold: to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and then to make sure that that country, the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, can’t inflict harm on Americans. So we do everything we can each day to reduce that risk, all the ...
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The United States Imposes Further Sanctions on Iran’s Petrochemical Industry (January 23)

The United States Imposes Further Sanctions on Iran’s Petrochemical Industry (January 23)   Today, the United States is taking new steps as part of our maximum economic pressure campaign to deny the Iranian regime all sources of revenue to fund its destabilizing activities.  The Department of State is imposing sanctions on Chinese company Shandong Qiwangda ...
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U.S. sanctions target Iranian regime’s ‘brute squad’ (January 10)

U.S. Sanctions Target Iranian regime’s ‘brute squad’ (January 10)   The Trump administration will impose sanctions as long as Iran’s outlaw ways continue, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said January 10 as he outlined new sanctions targeting the Iranian regime’s “brute squad” of top security officials. The new sanctions hit the regime’s senior Iranian ...
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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Companies for Transporting Iranian Oil (September 25)

The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Companies for Transporting Iranian Oil (September 25)   Today, the United States is taking further action as part of our maximum economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime and those who enable its destabilizing behavior.  We are imposing sanctions on certain Chinese firms for knowingly engaging in a ...
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U.S. Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank, National Development Fund, and Etemad Tejarat Pars (September 20)

U.S. Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank, National Development Fund, and Etemad Tejarat Pars (September 20)   In a failed attempt to disrupt the global economy, the Islamic Republic of Iran attacked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This act of aggression was sophisticated in its planning and brazen in its execution. Regardless of transparent attempts to shift ...
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New Sanctions Designations on Iran’s Space Program (September 3)

New Sanctions Designations on Iran’s Space Program (September 3)   Today, the Department of State designated the Iran Space Agency and two of its research institutes under Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and WMD delivery systems and their supporters – the first time the United States is publicly ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (August 26-30)

This Week in Iran Policy (August 26-30)   DESIGNATION OF INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES LINKED TO IRANIAN PROCUREMENT NETWORKS UNDER E.O. 13382 “Today, the U.S. sanctioned entities responsible for moving over $1 million worth of proliferation-sensitive electronic parts and aluminum alloys for the Iranian regime. U.S. pressure will continue until the regime changes course.” – Secretary ...
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Iranian Vessel Grace I (August 15)

Iranian Vessel Grace I (August 15)   The United States assesses that the M/T Grace I was assisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by transporting oil from Iran to Syria. This could result in serious consequences for any individuals associated with the Grace I. The IRGC has been designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by ...
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Designation of Persons Linked to Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction Procurement Network (July 18)

Designation of Persons Linked to Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction Procurement Network (July 18) Michael R. Pompeo SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States designated 12 entities and individuals based in Iran, Belgium, and China that are linked to the nuclear proliferation-sensitive activities of the Iran Centrifuge Technology Company – known by its Persian acronym, ...
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Executive Order to Impose Sanctions on the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran (June 24)

Executive Order to Impose Sanctions on the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran (June 24)   Today, the White House issued an Executive Order sanctioning the Supreme Leaders Office and authorizing further sanctions on those associated with it. This action was taken as part of the Administrations maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime, ...
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First Anniversary of President Trump’s New Iran Strategy (May 8)

First Anniversary of President Trump’s New Iran Strategy (May 8) Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 8, 2019 One year ago today, President Trump announced the United States would cease to participate in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and would instead embark on a bold new strategy to end Iran’s destabilizing ...
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Advancing the Maximum Pressure Campaign by Restricting Iran’s Nuclear Activities (May 3)

Advancing the Maximum Pressure Campaign by Restricting Iran’s Nuclear Activities (May 3) Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 3, 2019 Maximum Pressure Campaign The Administration has imposed the toughest sanctions ever on the Iranian regime. We will continue to apply maximum pressure until Iran’s leaders change their destructive behavior, respect the rights of their ...
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Maximum Pressure Campaign on the Regime in Iran (April 4)

Maximum Pressure Campaign on the Regime in Iran (April 4)   Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 4, 2019 MAXIMUM ECONOMIC PRESSURE The U.S. sanctions have cut off Iran’s access to billions of dollars in oil revenue and are driving its exports lower than ever before. Since last May, 1.5 million barrels of Iranian crude have ...
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United States Imposes New Nuclear Sanctions on Iran as it Refuses To Answer Questions Related to Its Secret Nuclear Archive (March 22)

The United States Imposes New Nuclear Sanctions on Iran as it Refuses To Answer Questions Related to Its Secret Nuclear Archive (March 22) Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2019 The Trump administration continues to hold the Iranian regime accountable for activities that threaten the region’s stability and harm the Iranian people. This ...
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Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Iran (December 12)

Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Iran (December 12) Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State United Nations New York City December 12, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much, and good morning. Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate them.Just two days ago, the head of the IRGC’s airspace division, Amir Hajizadeh, ...
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Iran Test Launches Ballistic Missile Violating UN Security Council Ban (December 1)

Iran Test Launches Ballistic Missile Violating UN Security Council Ban (December 1) Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2018 The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads. The missile has a range that allows it to strike parts of Europe and anywhere ...
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The Iranian Regime’s Transfer of Arms to Proxy Groups and Ongoing Missile Development (November 29)

The Iranian Regime’s Transfer of Arms to Proxy Groups and Ongoing Missile Development (November 29)   Brian Hook Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Special Representative for Iran  Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling Washington, DC November 29, 2018 MODERATOR: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for waiting. Your excellencies, members of the diplomatic ...
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Iran’s President Works To Further Isolate Iranian Regime From Both World and Iranian People (November 26)

Iran’s President Works To Further Isolate Iranian Regime From Both World and Iranian People (November 26) Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC November 26, 2018 Iranian President Rouhani has once again called for the destruction of Israel. He referred to it as a “cancerous tumor” and a “fake regime.” Such statements inflame tensions ...
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Countering Iran’s Global Terrorism (November 13)

Countering Iran’s Global Terrorism (November 13) Nathan A. Sales Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Washington Institute for Near East Policy Counterterrorism Lecture Series Washington, DC November 13, 2018 Thanks for that warm introduction and for hosting me here. It’s a real pleasure to participate in the Washington Institute’s Counterterrorism Lecture Series. A number of my predecessors ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin at a Press Availability on Iran Sanctions (November 5)

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin at a Press Availability on Iran Sanctions (November 5)   MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Foreign Press Center. We are pleased to have with us this morning Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin. They’ll both have some opening remarks and ...
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Press Availability With Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin (November 5)

Press Availability With Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin (November 5) Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington Foreign Press Center Washington, DC MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Foreign Press Center. We are pleased to have with us this morning Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin. They’ll both have some opening remarks and then ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin on Iran Sanctions (November 2)

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin on Iran Sanctions (November 2)   MS NAUERT:  Thank you, sir.  Good morning, everyone, and welcome to today’s on-the-record call on the Iran snapback sanctions.  We’re pleased to have with us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury ...
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