Treasury Sanctions Key Hizballah, IRGC-QF Networks in Iraq

November 13, 2018 Action follows signing of new Hizballah sanctions legislation and re-imposition of Iran-related sanctions Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today to target four Hizballah-affiliated individuals who lead and coordinate the group’s operational, intelligence, and financial activities in Iraq.  Specifically, OFAC designated Shibl Muhsin ‘Ubayd ...
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U.S. Government Fully Re-Imposes Sanctions on the Iranian Regime

U.S. Government Fully Re-Imposes Sanctions on the Iranian Regime As Part of Unprecedented U.S. Economic Pressure Campaign November 5, 2018 WASHINGTON – Today, in its largest ever single-day action targeting the Iranian regime, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned more than 700 individuals, entities, aircraft, and vessels.  This action ...
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Nuclear-Related Sanctions on Iran

Office of the Press Secretary November 2, 2018 Statement by the President Regarding the Reimposition of Nuclear-Related Sanctions on Iran   In May, I announced that the United States would withdraw from the horrible, one-sided Iran nuclear deal. This agreement failed in its fundamental objective, which was to permanently block all paths to an Iranian ...
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International Day To End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 2, 2018 Today, we commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. We renew our steadfast commitment to promoting a free and independent press and advocating for accountability against those who commit violence or other crimes against journalists. Commemorating this day is particularly ...
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Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary October 25, 2018 Today, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act (HIFPAA) of 2018, which imposes additional hard-hitting sanctions on Hizballah, a radical Islamist terrorist organization and close partner and proxy of the Iranian regime.  Hizballah has kidnapped, tortured, and ...
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Treasury Sanctions Financial Network Supporting Basij

Treasury Sanctions Vast Financial Network Supporting Iranian Paramilitary Force That Recruits and Trains Child Soldiers   October 16, 2018 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against a vast network of businesses providing financial support to the Basij Resistance Force (Basij), a paramilitary force subordinate to Iran’s ...
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Extradition of Iranian Official Asadollah Assadi for Role in Paris Terrorist Plot

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC October 10, 2018 Authorities in Germany announced yesterday the extradition of Asadollah Assadi, an Iranian official working under diplomatic cover, to Belgium for his role in the disrupted Iranian terrorist plot to bomb a political rally near Paris, France on June 30. The scale of ...
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DV-2020 Program: Online Registration

DV-2020 Program: The revised online registration period for the DV-2020 Program begins on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).  Individuals who submit more than one entry during the registration period will be disqualified. Click ...
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Country Reports on Terrorism 2017

Special Briefing Nathan A. Sales Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism  Via Teleconference September 19, 2018 MR PALLADINO: Thank you. Hello, everyone. This is Robert Palladino. Thank you so much for joining us for today’s call. Today’s call is on the record. And I also want to note that both the call and the report are embargoed until ...
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Brian Hook on Iran’s Missile Proliferation

Special Representative Hook’s Remarks at the Hudson Institute (As prepared) September 19, 2018   Good morning. Thank you to the Hudson Institute for hosting me today. I want to especially thank Rebecca Heinrichs for extending the invitation. As many of you know, Rebecca is a thought leader on nonproliferation and national security issues. I have ...
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Secretary Pompeo on Refugee Policy

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC September 17, 2018 Secretary Pompeo: Good afternoon, everyone. The United States anticipates processing up to 310,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Fiscal Year 2019. We propose resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling, as well as processing more than 280,000 asylum seekers. ...
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The arrest and detention of Xiyue Wang

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing (Excerpts) Washington, DC September 11, 2018 The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has now concluded that the Government of Iran has no legal basis for the arrest and detention of Princeton University graduate student Xiyue Wang. The UN further notes that Iran committed multiple violations of his right ...
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U.S. ends support for ‘flawed’ U.N. Palestinian refugee agency

The United States is cutting all contributions to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees and calling upon the international community to find new ways to help Palestinians. “The United States will no longer commit further funding to this irredeemably flawed operation,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in an August 31 statement. “We are very ...
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Statement by the U.S. Mission to the UN on President Trump Chairing a UN Security Council Meeting

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy September 7, 2018   As Ambassador Haley stated on September 4, President Trump will host a UN Security Council meeting when he visits New York for the UN General Assembly at the end of September. In addition to addressing Iran’s destabilizing aggression ...
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The Iranian network that turned money into violence

Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, carrying out attacks and other destabilizing activities through its  Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps  and the corps’ specialized military unit called Quds Force (IRGC–QF). A major focus of U.S. sanctions is cutting off revenue streams to this group. In May, the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates together took action to ...
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On U.S. Appearance Before the International Court of Justice

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC August 27, 2018 Today, oral proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) began in The Hague on an application for provisional measures in a case brought by Iran against the United States, Alleged Violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights. ...
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How U.S. caught Iran’s Central Bank funneling money to Hezbollah

As  U.S. sanctions  made it harder for the Iranian government to directly fund regional violence and terror, the government used workarounds to supply money to terror groups such as Hezbollah in Syria. This graphic represents one of those illicit financial networks that the U.S. detected and sanctioned. Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, carrying ...
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Human Rights Abuses in Iran

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC August 15, 2018 We are closely monitoring reports of numerous human rights defenders and members of minority groups, such as the Gonabadi Dervishes, who are unlawfully or arbitrarily incarcerated in Iranian regime prisons. Yesterday I tweeted about Narges Mohammadi. She is a mother of two with a ...
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State Department Terrorist Designation of Qassim Abdullah Ali Ahmed, AKA Qassim al-Muamen

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 13, 2018 The Department of State has designated Qassim Abdullah Ali Ahmed, AKA Qassim al-Muamen, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts ...
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Iran arrests scientists trying to solve water crisis

Cities, towns and farms in Iran are running out of water largely due to poorly administered water resource policies and corruption, driving thousands of people from their homes and inciting  protests . “The protests of the past few months show that the Iranian people are deeply frustrated with their own government’s failures,” Secretary of State Mike ...
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Reimposing Sanctions On the Regime in Iran

President Donald J. Trump is Reimposing Sanctions Lifted Under the Horrible Iran Deal   FOREIGN POLICY  Issued on: August 6, 2018 Our policy is based on a clear-eyed assessment of the Iranian dictatorship, its sponsorship of terrorism, and its continuing aggression in the Middle East and all around the world. President Donald J. Trump REIMPOSING TOUGH SANCTIONS: President ...
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This Iranian airline spreads violence and terror

Mahan Air, Iran’s largest commercial airline, doesn’t just move people, it also moves weapons and funds for  terrorism and violence  across the Middle East. That assessment comes from the  U.S. Treasury Department , which earlier this year identified several companies and networks that had procured parts and services for Mahan Air and several smaller Iranian airlines. This was the latest in ...
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U.S. judge orders return of Persian antiquity to Iran

A New York Supreme Court judge has ordered the return of a Persian bas-relief sculpture to Iran, the country from which it was reportedly stolen some 80-plus years ago. A bas-relief is a type of sculpture in which shapes are cut from the surrounding stone so that they stand out slightly against a flat surface. ...
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2018 Trafficking In Persons Report – Iran

The Government of Iran does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; therefore Iran remained on Tier 3. Despite the lack of significant efforts, the government took some steps to address trafficking, including steps to ratify the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). However, the ...
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Supporting Iranian Voices

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library Simi Valley, CA July 22, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Well, thank you, Fred, for that kind introduction. It reminded me when I was going through my confirmation process they were chasing down all the people ...
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Iranian Americans free to thrive in the U.S.

In a Los Angeles neighborhood known as Little Persia or “Tehrangeles,” (a combination of the words Tehran and Angeles), shoppers can buy the latest Persian pop music, browse a Persian-style art gallery or get a scoop of rosewater-flavored ice cream. Ali Kashani-Rafye, founder of Saffron & Rose, opened his Persian-style ice cream shop in the ...
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Treasury Designates Mahan Air Service Provider

Press Release July 9, 2018 Washington – Today the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Mahan Travel and Tourism Sdn Bhd, a Malaysia-based General Sales Agent (GSA), for acting for or on behalf of Mahan Air, an Iranian airline previously designated in connection with Iran’s support for international terrorism. GSAs ...
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Remarks on “U.S. Withdrawal from Human Rights Council: Impact and Next Steps” at The Heritage Foundation

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations Washington, DC July 18, 2018 Thank you, very much, thank you. Thank you so much, Kay. And thank you to the Heritage Foundation. It’s great to be back, and I thank you so much for the work that happens ...
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United States leads world in humanitarian aid

  When man-made and natural disasters strike and millions lose or flee their homes, the United States does more to help than any other country. It’s been that way for decades and remains so today. Reducing human suffering and helping the world’s refugees are cornerstones of U.S.  national security policy . All told, through the State Department’s Bureau of ...
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Recent Protests in Iran

 Statement by Secretary Pompeo June 27, 2018 Recent Protests in Iran The Iranian government is squandering its citizens’ resources, whether its adventurism in Syria, its support for Hizbollah, Hamas, and the Houthis, or its ambitions for wastefully expanding its nuclear program, it will only add to the suffering of the people of Iran.  As I ...
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Interview With Hugh Hewitt of MSNBC

Interview Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC June 22, 2018 QUESTION: Secretary Pompeo, thank you for having us. SECRETARY POMPEO: Hugh, it’s great to be with you. Welcome to the State Department. QUESTION: Let me start practical. Great to be here. Let me be practical: You’ve got some empty offices at the Department of State. ...
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Remarks on the UN Human Rights Council

Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Washington, DC June 19, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon. The Trump administration is committed to protecting and promoting the God-given dignity and freedom of every human being. Every individual has rights that are inherent and inviolable. They are given by God, and not ...
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Treasury Targets Human Rights Abuses, Censorship, and Enhanced Monitoring by the Iranian Government

Press Release U.S. Department of the Treasury MAY 30, 2018 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated two Iranian entities for committing serious human rights abuses on behalf of the Government of Iran, as well as three leaders of one of these entities, the Ansar-e Hizballah organization. ...
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International Religious Freedom Report for 2017

Iran Executive Summary   The constitution defines the country as an Islamic republic, and specifies Twelver Ja’afari Shia Islam as the official state religion. It states all laws and regulations must be based on “Islamic criteria” and official interpretation of sharia. The constitution states citizens shall enjoy human, political, economic, and other rights, “in conformity ...
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Treasury Targets Key Hizballah Financing Network and Iranian Conduit

U.S. Department of the Treasury MAY 17, 2018 Action disrupts Hizballah’s global business empire in Europe, Africa, and Middle East Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Hizballah financier Mohammad Ibrahim Bazzi and Hizballah’s representative to Iran Abdallah Safi-Al-Din as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) pursuant to ...
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Treasury Targets Iran’s Central Bank Governor For Moving Millions of Dollars for IRGC-Qods Force

U.S. Department of the Treasury Treasury Targets Iran’s Central Bank Governor and an Iraqi Bank Moving Millions of Dollars for IRGC-Qods Force MAY 15, 2018 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on the Governor and a senior official of the Central Bank of Iran, an ...
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Disrupting Large Scale Currency Exchange Network Transferring Millions of Dollars to the IRGC-QF

U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs May 10, 2018   United States and United Arab Emirates Disrupt Large Scale Currency Exchange Network Transferring Millions of Dollars to the IRGC-QF Washington – Today the United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) jointly took action to disrupt an extensive currency exchange network in ...
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Iranian Regime Provocation against Israel

The White House Office of the Press Secretary May 10, 2018   Statement from the Press Secretary on Iranian Regime Provocation against Israel   The United States condemns the Iranian regime’s provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens, and we strongly support Israel’s right to act in self-defense.  The Iranian regime’s deployment into Syria ...
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Israel’s Announcement Related to Iranian Nuclear Weapons Development

The White House Statement by the Press Secretary April 30, 2018 The United States is aware of the information just released by Israel and continues to examine it carefully. This information provides new and compelling details about Iran’s efforts to develop missile-deliverable nuclear weapons. These facts are consistent with what the United States has long ...
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Acting Secretary of State in Toronto, Canada

Press Availability John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Toronto, Canada April 23, 2018   ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be here in Toronto for the G7 ministerial meeting. Toronto is a beautiful city (inaudible) and lovely weather, beautiful facilities here at the university. Very grateful for our hosts here. The Government ...
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2017 Human Rights Report – Iran Executive Summary

The Islamic Republic of Iran is a theocratic republic with a Shia Islamic political system based on “velayat-e faqih” (“guardianship of the jurist” or “rule by the jurisprudent”). Shia clergy, most notably the “Rahbar” (“supreme jurisprudent” or “supreme leader”), and political leaders vetted by the clergy dominate key power structures. The supreme leader is the ...
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Meet U.S. Acting Secretary of State Sullivan

On April 1, 2018, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan assumed the duties of Acting Secretary of State. He will carry out those responsibilities until the new Secretary is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As is the case during such transitions, State Department employees will continue to carry on with the Department’s work in ...
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The Efforts by Yemen’s Houthis to Destabilize The Arabian Peninsula

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 30, 2018 Statement by The Press Secretary on The Efforts by Yemen’s Houthis to Destabilize The Arabian Peninsula Yemen’s Houthis have responded to efforts by the United Nations to reinvigorate a political process in Yemen by threatening to conduct more reckless missile attacks, like those they ...
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Holding Russia Accountable for its Destabilizing Behavior

Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson March 26, 2018 Holding Russia Accountable for its Destabilizing Behavior On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury.  This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to ...
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Fostering Internet Freedom and Supporting the Iranian People

U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs Press Release:            March 19, 2018 Contact:                     Treasury Public Affairs, (202) 622-2960   Treasury Department Reaffirms Commitment to Fostering Internet Freedom and Supporting the Iranian People   WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today highlighted existing guidance ...
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Statement by Deputy Secretary Sullivan on the Occasion of Nowruz

March 19, 2018 As spring arrives, I wish the people of Iran and everyone who celebrates this wonderful tradition a happy Nowruz. Today, I offer my best wishes to all of the communities here in the United States, as well as in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, ...
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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Nowruz

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary March 19, 2018 Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Nowruz I wish a beautiful and blessed Nowruz to the millions of people around the world who are celebrating the arrival of spring. The history of Nowruz is rooted in Iran, where for millennia a proud nation ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on Russian and Syrian Regime Attacks on Eastern Ghouta

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 4, 2018   The United States condemns the ongoing military offensive that the Assad regime, backed by Russia and Iran, is perpetrating against the people of Eastern Ghouta. After repeatedly delaying the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2401, which demanded a 30-day cessation of hostilities across Syria, Russia has ...
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Iran’s Justice Minister addressing the UN Human Rights Council

Statement by the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva February 27, 2018 The United States is appalled to learn that the government of Iran is sending its Justice Minister, Seyyed Alireza Avaei, to address the UN Human Rights Council.   Minister Avaei oversaw the summary executions of Iranians in the late 1980’s.  ...
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Iran Human Rights Violator Speaking at UN Human Rights Council

United States Mission To The United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy February 25, 2018   Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Iran Human Rights Violator Speaking at UN Human Rights Council This week, Iran’s Minister of Justice, Seyyed Alireza Avaei, is set to address the UN Human Rights Council. Mr. Avaei is responsible for some of the worst ...
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Susan B. Anthony Day, 2018

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 15, 2018 Today, our Nation commemorates the birthday of an American hero, visionary, civil rights leader, and pioneer in the women’s suffrage movement—Susan B. Anthony. Born in 1820, Susan B. Anthony lived during a time when women across our country were unable to fully enjoy the ...
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Seven-year Anniversary of the House Arrests of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 15, 2018   This week marks the seven-year anniversary of the detention of 2009 Iranian presidential election candidates Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, as well as Mousavi’s wife and women’s rights advocate Zahra Rahnavard. The continued house arrest of these three individuals contradicts Iran’s international obligations including ...
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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy February 14, 2018   Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a UN Security Council briefing on the situation in Syria. “The Assad regime has become a front for Iran, Hezbollah, and their allies to advance ...
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Death of Pakistani Human Rights and Democracy Advocate Asma Jahangir

Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson February 13, 2018 Death of Pakistani Human Rights and Democracy Advocate Asma Jahangir We join Pakistan and others around the world in mourning the untimely death of Pakistani human rights and democracy advocate, Asma Jahangir.  For years, she courageously defended the rights of those who did not have a voice, and ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on Iran Returning Baquer Namazi to Prison

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 7, 2018   The Donald J. Trump Administration is deeply concerned that Iran has returned United States citizen Baquer Namazi to its notorious Evin Prison after briefly releasing him on bail so he could undergo medical examination.  We understand the decision to return Mr. Namazi to ...
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Ambassador Haley on Reports of Another Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy January 23, 2018   Reports of chlorine gas being used against innocent civilians in Eastern Ghouta by the Syrian regime are yet another demonstration of its blatant disregard for international law and cruel indifference for the lives of its own people. In ...
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Outside Iranian prisons, families are desperate for news

The crowd outside Iran’s most notorious prison, Evin Prison in Tehran, grew in early January as family members and friends waited for news about their loved ones — people who had been arrested and detained by authorities after participating in anti-government protests. “The shroud of secrecy and lack of transparency over what happened to these detainees ...
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The Way Forward for the United States Regarding Syria

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Hoover Institute at Stanford University January 17, 2018 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much.Well, good morning. And I really, really appreciate this opportunity to swing down to Stanford while I was out on the West Coast and particularly to address this group. And I want to ...
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Statement by the President on the Iran Nuclear Deal

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary January 12, 2018  Statement by the President on the Iran Nuclear Deal The Iranian regime is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. It enables Hezbollah, Hamas, and many other terrorists to sow chaos and kill innocent people. It has funded, armed, and trained more than 100,000 ...
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Treasury Sanctions Individuals and Entities for Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in Iran

Press Release JANUARY 12, 2018 Treasury Sanctions Individuals and Entities for Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in Iran, and Support to Sanctioned Weapons Proliferators Iranian Regime Prioritizes Destabilizing Weapons While Silencing Its Citizens  Washington – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 14 individuals and entities in connection with serious ...
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Designations Under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998

Office of the Spokesperson Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson Designations Under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 In far too many places around the globe, people continue to be persecuted, unjustly prosecuted, or imprisoned for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief.  Today, a number of governments infringe upon individuals’ ability to adopt, ...
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Heather Nauert on the continuing protests in Iran

Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson January 4, 2018 We continue to monitor closely the protests and violence in Iran.  The Iranian people have been expressing their desire for dignified treatment, an end to corruption, improved transparency, and increased economic opportunities.  Protesters have also demanded that the regime stop diverting the nation’s ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert on Peaceful Protests in Iran

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 29, 2017 We are following reports of multiple peaceful protests by Iranian citizens in cities across the country. Iran’s leaders have turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. As ...
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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks to the UN Security Council on Iran’s Violations of its International Obligations

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 19, 2017   Thank you Mr. President. This discussion couldn’t come at a better time. There were reports this morning that the Houthi militants in Yemen have fired yet another missile into Saudi Arabia. According ...
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Ambassador Haley Vetoes a Draft UN Security Council Resolution on Jerusalem

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy December 18, 2017 Ambassador Haley Vetoes a Draft UN Security Council Resolution on Jerusalem Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a UN Security Council meeting after vetoing a draft Security Council resolution on Jerusalem. In ...
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Law Enforcement Coordination Group Focused on Countering Hizballah’s Terrorist Activities

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 14, 2017 On December 12-14, 2017, the Law Enforcement Coordination Group (LECG) focused on countering Hizballah’s terrorist and illicit activities convened in Europe for its fifth meeting. More than 25 governments – from the Middle East, South America, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, and North America – ...
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International Human Rights Day

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2017 Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation ...
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President Trump’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 6, 2017   President Trump‘s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital aligns U.S. presence with the reality that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, Supreme Court, President’s office, and Prime Minister‘s office. We have consulted with many friends, partners, and allies in advance ...
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Remarks by President Trump Regarding the Capital of Israel

Remarks Regarding the Capital of Israel Thank you. When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and fresh thinking.  We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past.  Old challenges demand new approaches. My announcement today ...
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Joint Statement to the Media: Secretary Tillerson and European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini

Remarks by Secretary Tillerson in the joint statement to the media, with the European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini Brussels, Belgium December 5, 2017 Well, thank you very much. It’s indeed a pleasure to be back in Brussels, and I think meetings like the one that was just held between the high representative and myself illustrate ...
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Earthquake Near the Iran-Iraq Border

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017   The United States expresses its sincere condolences to all of those affected by the earthquake in Iran and Iraq. We keep the families of those who were killed, and injured, in our thoughts as well as the communities that have suffered damage to ...
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OFAC: How Americans can provide humanitarian assistance to the Iranian people

In light of the tragic earthquake in Iran, we would like to highlight some of the ways in which Americans can provide humanitarian assistance to the Iranian people, consistent with the Iran-related sanctions administered by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).   General License E , issued by OFAC in 2013, authorizes nongovernmental ...
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Ambassador Haley on Weapons of Iranian Origin Used in Attack on Saudi Arabia

United States Mission to The United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy November 7, 2017 Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Weapons of Iranian Origin Used in Attack on Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia recently released information regarding a ballistic missile launched by the Houthis into Saudi Arabia in July 2017. The information shows that the ...
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Joint Statement on Syria Chemical Weapons

Joint Statement on Syria Chemical Weapons by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 8, 2017 On October 26, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), ...
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White House Statement on Iranian-Supported Missile Attacks Against Saudi Arabia

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary November 8, 2017 White House Statement on Iranian-Supported Missile Attacks Against Saudi Arabia The United States welcomes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s statement exposing the Iranian regime’s support for Houthi militias, including the supply of illegal arms such as ballistic missiles.  We condemn the Iranian regime’s activities ...
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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Office of the Spokesperson Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson November 2, 2017 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists Around the world, journalists work often at great personal risk to report on issues that impact the lives of individuals in all societies.  They shine a light on abuses and corruption, expose threats posed by ...
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Jasmin Moghbeli

(Major, U.S. Marine Corps) NASA Astronaut Candidate Summary: Jasmin Moghbeli has been selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. She will report for duty in August 2017. The New York native earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by a Master’s degree ...
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Ambassador Haley on the Release of a Report on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy October 26, 2017 Press Release: Ambassador Haley on the Release of a Report on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria   The findings issued today by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and United Nations’ Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) have concluded ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert In Recognition of Intersex Awareness Day

Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON October 26, 2017 In Recognition of Intersex Awareness Day In recognition of Intersex Awareness Day, the United States stands in solidarity with intersex persons and their advocates around the world. We recognize that intersex persons face violence, discrimination, harassment, and persecution on account of their sex characteristics.  ...
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Statement From Secretary Tillerson on Executive Order 13780, Section 6(a)

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 25, 2017 President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) 13780, Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, was issued in order to protect Americans by addressing weaknesses in our visa program and refugee vetting system. We are taking new steps to eliminate ...
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Statement by Ambassador Haley on Russia’s Veto of the Renewal of the Joint Investigative Mechanism on Chemical Weapons

Russia has once again demonstrated it will do whatever it takes to ensure the barbaric Assad regime never faces consequences for its continued use of chemicals as weapons. By rejecting the renewal of the work of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) – an independent, purely technical body – Russia has made it clear that it does ...
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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Middle East

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy October 18, 2017 Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks this morning at a UN Security Council open debate on the Middle East. “Our goal in discussing the Middle East is to work on peace, security, and ...
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Briefing On U.S. Efforts to Counter Hizballah

Special Briefing Nathan A. Sales Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism  Washington, DC October 10, 2017 Good afternoon, everyone. This past weekend marked the 20th anniversary of the United States designating Hizballah as a foreign terrorist organization. With backing from its patron, the Iranian regime, Hizballah remains one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations. It continues ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Death of Former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary October 3, 2017 Statement by the Press Secretary on the Death of Former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani The United States offers its sincere condolences on the passing of Iraqi statesman and former president, Jalal Talabani.  We remember him as a true patriot and partner who was instrumental in transitioning ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces Enhanced National Security Measures

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 24, 2017  New security measures establish minimum requirements for international cooperation to support U.S. visa and immigration vetting Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the establishment of enhanced national security measures, aimed at creating—for the first time in history—minimum requirements for international cooperation to support visa ...
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Reza Shahabi

Name: Reza Shahabi Occupation: Bus Driver/labor activist Date of arrest: June 12, 2010 Charges: propaganda against the state /colluding with intent to act against national security Sentence: 6 years in prison. An additional 1 year was later added for alleged misconduct while in prison
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Treasury Targets Supporters of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Networks

Treasury Targets Supporters of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Networks Responsible for Cyber-Attacks Against the United States U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs 9/14/2017 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 11 entities and individuals for engaging in support of designated Iranian actors ...
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Statement on the Sentencing of Mohammad Ali Taheri to Death in Iran

STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON September 1, 2017 Sentencing of Mohammad Ali Taheri to Death in Iran We are deeply concerned by reports that an Iranian court has sentenced Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of an Iranian spiritual movement, to death.  The charges of founding a religious cult and “spreading corruption on earth” are inconsistent with ...
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Treasury Sanctions Key Ballistic Missile Entities in Iran

Treasury Sanctions Key Ballistic Missile Entities in Iran Action Follows Iran’s Launch of Simorgh Space Launch Vehicle and Continued Provocations Washington – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned six Iran-based subordinates of Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG), an entity central to Iran’s ballistic missile program, in response to ...
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Abbas Ardehali

Dr. Abbas Ardehali, a professor of surgery and medicine in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been selected a 2017 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. Ardehali will receive the award at ceremony on May 13  at historic Ellis Island ...
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United States Announces New Iran-Related Sanctions

Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON July 18, 2017 United States Announces New Iran-Related Sanctions The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity.  Iran continues to support terrorist groups such as Hizballah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad that threaten Israel ...
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2017 TIP Report Heroes

Each year, the Department of State honors individuals around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking. These individuals are NGO workers, lawmakers, police officers, and concerned citizens who are committed to ending modern slavery. They are recognized for their tireless efforts—despite resistance, opposition, and threats to their lives—to protect ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary

Statement from the Press Secretary The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.  The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack. As we have previously ...
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U.S. Supreme Court Decision on the President’s Executive Order

U.S. Supreme Court Decision on the President’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 26, 2017 With the objective of maximizing national security, the Department of State will implement Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 23, 2017 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity. This day offers ...
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Do sanctions work?

Sanctions have long offered an option for U.S. policymakers to leverage negotiations and alter the behavior of a foreign nation or a specific group of people without military conflict. The U.S. has used sanctions dozens of times throughout the last two centuries and has continued to improve upon their application. Sanctions are meant to impose ...
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World Refugee Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 20, 2017   On World Refugee Day, we recognize the plight of those forced by persecution and war to flee their home countries. We also recognize the pressing challenges posed by ongoing refugee crises. Today, refugees number more than 22 million around the world. ...
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Terrorist Attacks in Tehran

 STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON June 7, 2017 Terrorist Attacks in Tehran   The United States condemns the terrorist attacks in Tehran today.  We express our condolences to the victims and their families, and send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Iran.  The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world.
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United States Condemns Attacks in London

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 3, 2017 The United States condemns the cowardly attacks targeting innocent civilians in London this evening. We understand U.K. police are currently treating these as terrorist incidents. The United States stands ready to provide any assistance authorities in the United Kingdom may request. Our hearts are ...
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Statement on the President’s Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy June 1, 2017 Statement by Ambassador Nikki Haley on the President’s Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement As a Governor, I always worked to balance economic growth and environmental protection.  We can, and we must do both.  President Trump acted in ...
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President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

The White House Office of the Press Secretary May 21, 2017 President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank You. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by ...
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United States Concerned by Violence Outside Turkish Diplomatic Facilities

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 17, 2017 We are concerned by the violent incidents involving protesters and Turkish security personnel Tuesday evening. Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest. We are communicating our concern to ...
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Treasury Sanctions Iranian Defense Officials and a China-Based Network for Supporting Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program

5/17/2017 Action reflects concern with Iran’s continued development of ballistic missiles Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated seven targets in connection with Iran’s ballistic missile program.  OFAC designated two senior Iranian defense officials, including a defense official who facilitated the sale of explosives and provided other ...
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U.S. State Department Issues Report on Human Rights Sanctions on Iran

May 17, 2017 U.S. State Department Issues Report on Human Rights Sanctions on Iran Highlights Iran’s Continuing Human Rights Abuses The State Department released today its semi-annual report to Congress detailing sanctions imposed on persons involved in human rights abuses in Iran. The report cites recent sanctions against the Tehran Prisons Organization and Sohrab Soleimani, ...
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Statement on the Nine Year Imprisonment of Bahai Leaders in Iran

Office of the Spokesperson  May 14, 2017 Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson Nine Year Imprisonment of Bahai Leaders in Iran Nine years ago, seven leaders of Iran’s Bahai community were arrested and convicted of espionage, insulting religious sanctities, and propaganda against the Islamic Republic for activities related solely to their belief in and practice of ...
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Human Rights Report: Iran-2016

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   The Islamic Republic of Iran is a theocratic republic with a Shia Islamic political system based on “velayat-e faqih” (“guardianship of the jurist” or “rule by the jurisprudent”). Shia clergy, most notably the “Rahbar” (“supreme jurisprudent” or “supreme leader”) and political leaders vetted by the clergy dominated key power structures. While mechanisms ...
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Statement On World Press Freedom Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2017 Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Availability

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Availability April 19, 2017 Treaty Room Washington, D.C. Good afternoon, all.  The Trump administration is currently conducting across the entire government a review of our Iran policy. Today I’d like to address Iran’s alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence, destabilizing more than one country at a time. ...
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2017 International Women of Courage Award

The Secretary of States’ International Women of Courage Award honors women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to improve others’ lives.  It is an extraordinary opportunity to bring international attention and support to women who have put their lives and/or personal safety at risk in order to improve their communities.  Through ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON April 4, 2017 Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria The United States strongly condemns the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, the third allegation of the use of such weapons in the past month alone.  There are reports of dozens dead, including many children.  While ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of Robert Levinson

Today, we mark the ten-year anniversary of the disappearance of United States citizen Robert “Bob” Levinson from Kish Island, Iran.  The Trump Administration remains unwavering in our commitment to locate Mr. Levinson and bring him home.  We want him back, and we will spare no effort to achieve that goal. The Levinson family has suffered ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary in Honor of International Women’s Day

  International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon the meaningful progress women have made throughout society, while also acknowledging that there is still much work that remains to be done to ensure the complete and consequential participation of women in all spheres of economic, political, and public life. Throughout our ...
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Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the ...
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Proclamation honoring March 2017 as Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month, 2017 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in our commitment to supporting women’s continued advancement in America and around the world. America honors the celebrated women ...
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On President Trump’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress

As the President laid out in his address to Congress, the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep Americans safe, including a robust NATO where Allies meet their responsibilities, an immigration ...
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Remarks by President Trump in Joint Address to Congress

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Thank you very much.  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — (applause) — and citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation’s path towards ...
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Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won the Nobel Peace Prize. Rex ...
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Important Announcement about Executive Order on Visas (Updated Feb 4th)

An order issued by a U.S. District court in the state of Washington  on February 3 bars the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” including those related to visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. ...
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Answers to FAQ on recent E.O. Concerning Extreme Vetting

Should I attend my interview? At this time, applicants are advised NOT to attend their interview as appointments have been cancelled.  Applicants should NOT travel to the consulate at this time.  All visa processing is on hold until further notice. For updates please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/news/executive-order-on-protecting-the-nation-from-terrorist-attacks-by-foreign-nationals.html I have a valid visa. Can I use it? If ...
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PROTECTING the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from ...
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Trump portrait takes the spotlight

“Donald Trump” by Michael O’Brien, 1989 (© Michael O’Brien/National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian) One of New York City’s most well-known figures now greets visitors at the Smithsonian Institution’s  National Portrait Gallery  in Washington. A week before Donald Trump takes office as the 45th U.S. president, his photo portrait was put on display in the museum that tells the story ...
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President Trump Signs 3 Executive Orders

President Trump acted on Monday to keep a signature campaign promise: withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. As he signed the order in the Oval Office, Trump said, “We’ve been talking about this for a long time,” adding it’s “a great thing for the American worker.”
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The Inaugural Address

Remarks of President Donald J. Trump Friday January 20, 2017 Washington DC (As Prepared for Delivery ) Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 6297 – Iran Sanctions Extension Act

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary December 15, 2016 This Administration has made clear that an extension of the Iran Sanctions Act, while unnecessary, is entirely consistent with our commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).  Consistent with this longstanding position, the extension of the Iran Sanctions Act is becoming  law ...
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Statement by the President on the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Statement by the President on the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor The White House Office of the Press Secretary Seventy-five years ago today, a sudden and unprovoked attack turned a tranquil harbor into a sea of flames. Over 2,400 American patriots lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor—military and civilian, ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on December First, World AIDS Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2016 On World AIDS Day, we commemorate the lives lost and communities devastated by HIV/AIDS. We also celebrate those lives that have been saved and the courageous individuals who have brought hope and healing to those living with and affected by this disease. Thirty-five ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC November 25, 2016 On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the United States reaffirms our belief that gender-based violence is never acceptable, that women and girls have the right to live free from violence, and that countries are stronger when homes, neighborhoods, and communities ...
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