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

SECRETARY POMPEO REMARKS IN RESPONSE TO THE ONGOING PROTESTS IN IRAN

  • The United States is monitoring the ongoing protests in Iran closely. We condemn strongly any acts of violence committed by this regime against the Iranian people and are deeply concerned by reports of several fatalities.
  • The Islamic Republic must cease violence against its own people and should immediately restore the ability of all Iranians to access a free and open Internet. The world is watching.
  • The Iranian people will enjoy a better future when their government begins to respect basic human rights, abandons its revolutionary posture and its destabilizing foreign policy in the region, and behaves simply like a normal nation. The choice is clearly with the regime.

– Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Remarks to the Press, November 18

“I have asked the Iranian protestors to send us their videos, photos, and information documenting the regime’s crackdown on protestors. The U.S. will expose and sanction the abuses.”

– Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Twitter, November 21

TREASURY DESIGNATES IRAN’S MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY IN VIEW OF THE REGIME’S REPRESSIVE INTERNET CENSORSHIP

The U.S. is sanctioning the Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Mohammad Jahromi, for helping shut down the Iranian internet. We will hold members of the Iranian regime accountable for their violent repression of the Iranian people. #Internet4Iran”

– Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Twitter, November 22 

  • The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology, for his role in the Iranian regime’s widescale internet censorship. Internet access in Iran, managed by Azari Jahromi’s ministry, was blocked for several days in November based upon what Iranian authorities describe as national security concerns in the wake of anti-regime protests throughout the country.
  • While Iranian regime leaders maintain access to the internet and social media accounts for themselves and their cronies, they deprive their people of these basic tools of expression and communication. This hypocrisy simultaneously supports a corrupt religious mafia and oppresses the Iranian people. No country or company should enable the regime’s censorship or human rights abuses.

Azari Jahromi is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13846 for having engaged in censorship or other activities with respect to Iran on or after June 12, 2009, that prohibit, limit, or penalize the exercise of freedom of expression or assembly by citizens of Iran, or that limit access to print or broadcast media, including the facilitation or support of intentional frequency manipulation by the Government of

  • Iran or an entity owned or controlled by the Government of Iran that would jam or restrict an international signal.
  • Please see the press statement and Department of Treasury for more information.

SECRETARY POMPEO ISSUES STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO IRAN’S URANIUM ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES AT FORDOW

  • President Rouhani recently announced that Iran will begin uranium enrichment activities at the Fordow facility.  Therefore, the United States will terminate the sanctions waiver related to the nuclear facility at Fordow, effective December 15th, 2019.  The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero.
  • Iran originally constructed Fordow as a fortified, underground bunker to conduct secret uranium enrichment work, and there is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site.  Iran should reverse its activity there immediately.
  • Iran’s supreme leader is reverting to his tried-and-true method of using nuclear brinksmanship to extort the international community into accepting the regime’s destabilizing activity.  The United States rejects this approach completely and calls on all nations to do the same.
  • The only viable way forward is through comprehensive negotiations that address the full range of Iran’s threats in their entirety.  Iran’s most recent action is yet another clear attempt at nuclear extortion that will only deepen its political and economic isolation from the world.

– Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Remarks to the Press, November 18