This Week in Iran Policy

“The Maximum Pressure campaign against the Iranian regime continues to be effective. It deprives the regime of funds to carry out its malign activities. Reducing that pressure is a dangerous choice, bound to weaken new regional partnerships for peace and strengthen the regime.” – Secretary Pompeo, Tweet of November 18, 2020 Commemoration of the Massacre ...
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Iran’s Khamenei funds terrorism over COVID-19 aid workers

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has prioritized funding the Iranian regime’s terrorist proxies and security forces over paying health care workers fighting COVID-19. Khamenei, in March, pledged to pull 1 billion euros from Iran’s National Development Fund to fight COVID-19, yet Iran’s Health Ministry  has received only 27 percent of those funds  and cannot pay health care workers’ salaries, IranWire reports, citing local news ...
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Anniversary of Protests in Iran

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On November 15, 2019 and in the week that followed, brave Iranians took to the streets of more than 200 cities across Iran to protest four decades of mismanagement by a corrupt regime that squandered its people’s wealth on terrorism abroad and oppression at home. As the protesters exercised their freedom of expression, the regime ...
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Designation of Iranian Procurement Networks

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On November 10, 2020 the Department of the Treasury designated an international network of six companies and four individuals for facilitating the procurement of sensitive goods, including U.S.-origin electronic components, for Iran Communications Industries (ICI).  ICI is a sanctioned Iranian military firm and a subsidiary of Iran Electronics Industries, which falls under Iran’s Ministry of ...
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European nations crack down on Iran-backed Hizballah

European nations are increasingly recognizing the threat of Hizballah and blocking the Iran-backed terrorist organization from raising money or conducting other activities within their borders. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo commended Estonia’s October 22 ban on Hizballah members and affiliates entering the country. Estonia joins a host of nations that refuse to distinguish ...
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On the 41st Anniversary of the U.S. Embassy Takeover in Tehran

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Forty-one years ago today, Ayatollah Khomeini’s followers broke into the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took more than 50 U.S. diplomats hostage.  For the next 444 days, the Iranian regime tormented these brave Americans and their families who did not know if they would ever see their loved ones again.  The survivors of the Iran ...
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Iran’s war on diplomats

When radical Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran 41 years ago and held dozens of American diplomats and embassy employees hostage, they violated international diplomatic norms and precipitated U.S. economic sanctions against Iran. While the students released 14 hostages after a short time, they did not free 52 other Americans for well over ...
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United States Sanctions Entities Related to Iran’s Petroleum Industry

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States will continue to prevent the Iranian regime from using the Iranian people’s natural resources to fund terror and support oppression.  Yesterday, the Department of State, Department of the Treasury, and Department of Justice took important actions to constrain the regime’s oil and petrochemical sales.  The Justice Department announced the filing of a ...
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“Instead of using its natural resource wealth to improve living conditions for the Iranian people, the Iranian regime prefers to pawn its oil to fund the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and support its terror proxies as they sow chaos and destruction around the Middle East. We will not let that happen.” – Secretary ...
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Iran-backed Houthi Attacks Against Saudi Arabia

We condemn yesterday’s attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis against Saudi Arabia.  These attacks were launched indiscriminately towards Riyadh, and risked the lives of innocent civilians, including Americans.  For years, Saudi Arabia has endured these types of reckless attacks and for the past week, these attacks have occurred almost daily.  This irresponsible escalation coincides with the ...
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Guidance for U.S. tech aims to stop misuse by repressive regimes

The United States has issued new guidance to help companies ensure their security technologies are not co-opted by repressive regimes and used to violate or abuse human rights. The  new guidance  provides companies with precautions to consider before selling certain technologies and offers recommendations to mitigate the risk of human rights violations or abuses when sales go ...
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U.S. Ambassador Sam Brownback on religious freedom

To mark International Religious Freedom Day, ShareAmerica spoke with the U.S. State Department’s Sam Brownback, ambassador at large for international religious freedom. Here are his answers, slightly edited for length, to our questions: Q: Why is defending freedom of religion an objective of U.S. diplomacy? A: With more than 80 percent of the world’s population living ...
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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong Persons for Activities Related to Supporting the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The international community has long recognized that the Iranian regime uses the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) to transport proliferation-sensitive items intended for Iran’s ballistic missile and military programs.  A provision of UN Security Council Resolution 1929 mandates vigilance when doing business with IRISL and entities owned or controlled by IRISL under certain ...
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Status of UN Arms Embargo on Iran

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On September 19, virtually all UN sanctions on Iran  returned , including re-imposition of the UN arms embargo. Accordingly, the export of  certain conventional arms  to Iran is a violation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1929 and the procurement of any arms or related materiel from Iran is a violation of UNSCR 1747. The United States is  prepared to use its domestic authorities to sanction  any ...
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Sanctions on Iran’s Financial Institutions

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is identifying the Iranian financial sector as subject to the terms of Executive Order (E.O.) 13902 and sanctioning 18 major Iranian banks, further depriving the Islamic Republic of Iran of funds to carry out its support for terrorist activities and nuclear extortion that threatens the world. These sanctions will take effect ...
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This Week in Iran Policy

“The world needs to unite around the central idea that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the greatest threat, and when that regime changes its behavior, we have the chance to create true global stability in the region. It’s what President  @realDonaldTrump  asked us to do.” – Secretary Pompeo Tweet, September 21, 2020  Major New Human ...
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New U.S. sanctions seek to block Iranian regime’s weapons programs

The United States is imposing sanctions to block the Iranian regime’s nuclear, ballistic missile and conventional arms programs and to curb the spread of violence by Iran in the Middle East and beyond. President Trump issued an executive order September 21 supporting the indefinite extension of the U.N. arms embargo on Iran. Virtually all U.N. ...
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Sweeping U.S. Measures to Support Return of UN Sanctions Relating to Iran’s Nuclear, Missile, and Conventional Arms Programs

“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, August 20, 2020. “When we’ve seen any country violate our current sanctions, the ...
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Iran nuclear deal fueled regime’s violence

It was hoped that the Iran nuclear deal would “moderate” the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, but that didn’t happen. Instead, in the two years and 10 months before President Trump pulled the United States from the agreement on May 8, 2018, Iran’s leaders used revenues from the deal to  increase the regime’s military spending and terrorist financing . “During this nuclear deal ...
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Report: Iran’s regime answers protests with ‘torture epidemic’

Iran’s regime arbitrarily arrested thousands of protesters following nationwide demonstrations in November 2019, torturing dozens and sentencing several to death, a new report says. Amnesty International, in a  report issued September 2 , says the Iranian regime prosecuted more than 500 protesters on sham charges and describes a “torture epidemic,” including flogging, electric shocks and mock executions.  “The Iranian authorities ...
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The Return of UN Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Trump Administration has always understood that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East comes from Islamic Republic of Iran, whose violent efforts to spread revolution have killed thousands and upended the lives of millions of innocent people. History shows appeasement only emboldens such regimes. Thus today, the United States welcomes the return ...
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Who gets to use messaging apps in Iran?

Iranian lawmakers have proposed banning all foreign-owned social messaging apps and replacing them with domestic versions run by the regime. Dozens of lawmakers have signed the August 24 proposal to create a committee to license and monitor domestic social networking sites and impose punishments of up to two years in prison for violating the new ...
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Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams On Developments in Iran and Venezuela

MS ORTAGUS: Thank you so much and good afternoon, everybody. I know we’re having this call right after we did the press conference with the Secretary and we have another briefing later today, so apologies that we’re piling all of you up today. We’re going to try to allow for as much time as possible for ...
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U.S. seeks to deter Iranian regime’s religious persecution

The United States has imposed sanctions on senior Iranian officials responsible for continuing the regime’s long-standing persecution of religious minorities. Iran’s constitution states that it protects the equal rights of “all people of Iran.” Yet since 1979 the regime has systematically harassed, arrested and executed members of religious minorities, the U.S. Commission on International Religious ...
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Imposing Sanctions on Entities for Engaging in Transactions Related to Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical Industry

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State imposed sanctions on five entities under section 3(a)(ii) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13846 for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petroleum or petroleum products from Iran.  The Department of State also imposed sanctions under section 5(a)(vii) of E.O. 13846 on three ...
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U.S. curbs Iranian regime’s weapons ambitions

The U.S. is taking action against the Iranian regime’s weapons programs to stop it from spreading violence across the Middle East and beyond. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo recently announced new sanctions blocking trade with Iran in certain metals that support the regime’s weapons programs. The U.S. has also moved to extend the ...
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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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Designations of Iranian Human Rights Violators

On August 21, the U.S. Department of State announced visa restrictions on 14 Iranian individuals for their involvement in gross violations of human rights on behalf of the Iranian regime, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.  This action was taken pursuant to Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations ...
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U.S. moves to ‘snap back’ U.N. sanctions on Iranian regime

The U.S. is restoring U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran to ensure the regime cannot buy and sell advanced weapons systems or build a nuclear bomb. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the move at the United Nations on August 20 and called for international support in addressing the Iranian regime’s ...
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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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Designations for Iranian Human Rights Offenders

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Friday, August 21 marks the annual Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. To both remember and honor these victims, today the U.S. Department of State is announcing visa restrictions on 14 Iranian individuals for their involvement in gross violations of human rights on behalf of the Iranian regime, the world’s leading ...
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Inspector General Confirms No Wrongdoing in Emergency Arms Sales to Counter Iran

The Secretary’s “Emergency Certification Was Properly Executed” and “Complied with the Requirements” of Law    The State Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) has confirmed in a final report that the Department acted in complete accordance with the law and found no wrongdoing in the Administration’s exercise of emergency authorities available under the Arms Export Control ...
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Iran’s neighbors support extending arms embargo

Several Middle East nations are pressing the U.N. Security Council to renew the arms embargo against Iran’s regime, saying that letting the restriction lapse would cause “anarchy.” Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Israel have all called for renewing the embargo that is scheduled to expire in October. The countries blame Iran’s leaders for arming terrorist and ...
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The consequences of ending the arms embargo against Iran [video]

The United Nations arms embargo on Iran expires in October. If it is not extended, Iran can supply weapons that fuel conflicts such as those in Lebanon and Yemen. The weapons could be used to attack Israel or Saudi Arabia. Without the embargo, Iran can sell weapons around the world to dictators such as Nicolás ...
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Iran’s regime targets critics’ relatives to silence dissent

By ShareAmerica Iran’s regime is jailing relatives of political activists in an effort to silence critics at home and abroad, human rights advocacy groups say. The regime in July sentenced Alireza Alinejad, the brother of prominent regime critic Masih Alinejad, to eight years in prison on trumped up charges, according to the Center for Human Rights ...
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This Week in Iran Policy

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON “Today, I expanded the scope of Iran metals sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear, military, and ballistic missile programs. Knowingly transferring any of these 22 metals to Iran is now sanctionable. Our pressure will continue until Iran behaves like a normal nation.” –Secretary Pompeo, Tweet, July 30, 2020 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO ON THE EXPANSION ...
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Expansion of the Scope of Iran Metals Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Nuclear, Military, and Ballistic Missile Programs and the IRGC

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and military programs pose a grave threat to international peace and security.  To address these threats, I am announcing a major expansion of the scope of State Department-administered Iran metals-related sanctions.  Today, the State Department is identifying 22 specific materials used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic ...
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Iran’s regime continues persecution of human rights defenders (July 20)

Iran’s regime continues persecution of human rights defenders (July 20)   Protesters, journalists and women who refuse to wear a hijab all risk facing trial in Iran. But many of the lawyers trained to fight for those defendants are already in jail. According to a recent report from the Center for Human Rights in Iran, ...
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Authoritarian regimes’ unclear laws make anyone a suspect (July 16)

Authoritarian regimes’ unclear laws make anyone a suspect (July 16)   For laws to be just, they must be clear. Citizens must know what is — and is not — against the law. Precise language helps ensure that laws are enforced fairly. But some countries take advantage of their unclear laws. The Chinese government regularly ...
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Pompeo urges U.N. to extend arms embargo on Iran’s regime (July 9)

Pompeo urges U.N. to extend arms embargo on Iran’s regime (July 9)   U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is urging the United Nations Security Council to extend an arms embargo against Iran, warning that the regime poses a continuing threat to international peace and security. Pompeo told a June 30 meeting of the ...
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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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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at the UN Security Council on the Iran Arms Embargo (June 30)

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at the UN Security Council on the Iran Arms Embargo (June 30) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you, Nicolas.  Thanks for the couple words in English there.  I appreciate that. Good morning, everyone.  Good to see you, Secretary General.  Rosemary, thank you for your comments this morning.  I would like to say you ...
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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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Pompeo: U.S. ‘undaunted in our pursuit of bringing terrorists to justice’ (June 25)

Pompeo: U.S. ‘undaunted in our pursuit of bringing terrorists to justice’ (June 25)   The United States is working with countries around the world to combat terrorism through multilateral engagement and international organizations. “No administration has forged closer ties in our hemisphere and alliances working on important problems like counterterrorism,” said Secretary of State Michael ...
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UN Ambassador Kelly Craft and Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook Brief UN Security Council on Efforts to Extend Iran Arms Embargo (June 24)

UN Ambassador Kelly Craft and Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook Brief UN Security Council on Efforts to Extend Iran Arms Embargo (June 24) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, and U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Brian Hook, virtually briefed the UN Security Council on a proposed ...
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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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United States Designates Key Iranian Shipping Entities Under Proliferation Authority as Tehran Continues To Expand Proliferation Sensitive Activities

United States Designates Key Iranian Shipping Entities Under Proliferation Authority as Tehran Continues To Expand Proliferation Sensitive Activities (June 8)   Today, sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and its Shanghai-based subsidiary, E-Sail Shipping Company Ltd (E-Sail) have come into effect. Six months ago, I announced that the United States would ...
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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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Iranian regime official authorized police to kill protesters (May 29)

Iranian regime official authorized police to kill protesters (May 29)   A senior Iranian regime official authorized lethal force against peaceful protesters during nationwide demonstrations last November, leading to the killing of many civilians, including children, U.S. officials said. On May 20, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced sanctions against the Iranian regime’s ...
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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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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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Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook And Assistant Secretary for International Security and No

Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to Secretary Brian Hook And Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Dr. Christopher A. Ford on Keeping the World Safe from Iran’s Nuclear Program (May 27)   MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you so much, and thanks, everybody, for the second call of the day late in ...
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Keeping the World Safe from Iran’s Nuclear Program (May 27)

Keeping the World Safe from Iran’s Nuclear Program (May 27)   Today, I am announcing the end of the sanctions waiver covering all remaining JCPOA-originating nuclear projects in Iran – the Arak reactor conversion, the provision of enriched uranium for the Tehran Research Reactor, and the export of Iran’s spent and scrap research reactor fuel. ...
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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’s Assassinations and Terrorist Activity Abroad (May 22)

Iran’s Assassinations and Terrorist Activity Abroad (May 22)   “The Iranian regime also continues to export cruelty outside its own borders.  Last week, an Iranian dissident, Massoud Molavi, was assassinated in Istanbul after he defected to Turkey from Iran.  The killing of Mr. Molavi is yet another tragic example in a long string of suspected ...
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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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The United States Designates Company Providing Services for Iranian Airline Mahan Air’s Operations in China (May 19)

The United States Designates Company Providing Services for Iranian Airline Mahan Air’s Operations in China (May 19)   The People’s Republic of China is one of the rapidly dwindling number of countries that welcomes Mahan Air, which ferries weapons and terrorists around the world for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Such cooperation has consequences. Today, ...
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United States Publishes a Global Maritime Advisory to Counter Sanctions Evasion by Iran, North Korea, and Syria (May 14)

United States Publishes a Global Maritime Advisory to Counter Sanctions Evasion by Iran, North Korea, and Syria (May 14)   The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a global advisory to alert the maritime industry, and those active in ...
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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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Countries Certified as Not Cooperating Fully With U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts (May 13)

Countries Certified as Not Cooperating Fully With U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts (May 13)   Yesterday, the Department of State notified Congress that Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Cuba were certified under Section 40A(a) of the Arms Export Control Act as “not cooperating fully” with U.S. counterterrorism efforts in 2019.  This is the first year that ...
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Leading the World Against Iran’s Threats (May 9)

Leading the World Against Iran’s Threats (May 9) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Two years ago, President Trump announced the bold decision to protect the world from Iran’s violence and the nuclear threats it poses by exiting from the flawed Iran Deal and its façade of security. Since that time, we have built the strongest sanctions in history and prevented ...
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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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Amid COVID-19, reporters still face persecution in China, Iran, and Venezuela (May 8)

Amid COVID-19, reporters still face persecution in China, Iran, and Venezuela (May 8)   Countries that were ranked low in the latest  World Press Freedom Index  were also among the most likely to suppress reporting about COVID-19. The index is compiled annually by Reporters Without Borders, an international nongovernmental organization that monitors media freedom around the world. It was ...
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Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook On Depriving Iran of the Weapons of War (April 30)

Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to Secretary Brian Hook On Depriving Iran of the Weapons of War (April 30)   MS ORTAGUS: Thank you. Happy Thursday afternoon, everybody. We will have an on-the-record briefing today. Per usual, this is embargoed until the end of the call, please. As Secretary Pompeo indicated yesterday, ...
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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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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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Iranian academics blame regime for COVID-19 ‘disaster’ (April 9)

Iranian academics blame regime for COVID-19 ‘disaster’ (April 9)   Iranian academics are faulting Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for stifling information on COVID-19 and declining foreign aid, allowing the country’s outbreak to grow into “a national disaster.” In the March 29 letter, reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI),  100 academics call Khamenei  “the Number 1 culprit” ...
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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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Iran: COVID-19 DISINFORMATION FACT-SHEET (March 23)

Iran: COVID-19 DISINFORMATION FACT-SHEET (March 23)   “I also want to call attention to the Iranian regime’s misinformation campaign surrounding the origination of the Wuhan virus.  Instead of focusing on the needs of the Iranian people and accepting genuine offers of support, senior Iranians lied about the Wuhan virus outbreak for weeks.” The Iranian leadership ...
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Khamenei’s Lies About the Wuhan Virus Put Lives at Risk (March 23)

Khamenei’s Lies About the Wuhan Virus Put Lives at Risk (March 23) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Supreme Leader Khamenei’s fabrications regarding the Wuhan Virus are dangerous and they put Iranians and people around the world at greater risk. Facts matter. Here are a few the Iranian regime would like to keep from the world: Fact: In February, Iran’s chief ...
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Amid COVID-19, Iranian regime continued flights to China (March 19)

Amid COVID-19, Iranian regime continued flights to China (March 19)   While Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei dismissed the deadly COVID-19 outbreak as a biological attack, his regime continued flights to China, putting his people and the broader Middle East at greater risk of the rapidly spreading disease, news reports say. “[T]he best biological defense would’ve ...
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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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Constraining Iranian Nuclear Scientists (March 18)

Constraining Iranian Nuclear Scientists (March 18) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On March 16, in response to the Iranian regime’s unacceptable nuclear escalations, the Department of Commerce is imposing restrictions on five Iranian nuclear scientists by adding them to the Department of Commerce’s Entity List. These five individuals were involved in Iran’s pre-2004 nuclear weapons program (the “Amad Plan”) ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)

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