Heather Nauert on the First Anniversary of the Sarin Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON April 4, 2018 First Anniversary of the Sarin Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria One year ago today, the Assad regime launched a horrific attack using the nerve agent sarin against its own citizens in Khan Shaykhun, killing approximately 100 people – including many ...
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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 Heather Nauert on the Harassment of the Press in Iran

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON March 15, 2018 Harassment of the Press in Iran This week, the UN Human Rights Council discussed the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. The United States notes with concern the grave conditions facing the press ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert on the eleven-year anniversary of the disappearance of Robert Levinson

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON March 9, 2018 The Eleven-Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of Robert Levinson Today marks the eleven-year anniversary of Robert Levinson’s disappearance from Kish Island, Iran. The United States remains unwavering in our commitment to bring him home. We share our deepest sympathy with ...
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Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

Annual Observance of International Women’s Day Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC March 8, 2018 As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of ...
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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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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Nonproliferation

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2018  Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Nonproliferation Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a UN Security Council briefing on nonproliferation of weapons of mass ...
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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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Statement by the Press Secretary on Iran Protests

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary January 10, 2018 Statement by the Press Secretary on Iran Protests The Trump Administration is deeply concerned by reports that the Iranian regime has imprisoned thousands of ‎Iranian citizens in the past week for engaging in peaceful protests.  Further reports that the regime has tortured or killed ...
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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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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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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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Latest Results From the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 30, 2017 On the eve of World AIDS Day 2017, the United States announced that the impact of President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has reached historic highs through the program’s rapid acceleration of HIV prevention and treatment efforts, driven by transparent, accountable, and cost-effective investments. As ...
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Treasury Designates Large-Scale IRGC-QF Counterfeiting Ring

Treasury Designates Large-Scale IRGC-QF Counterfeiting Ring 11/20/2017 Iranian Network Prints Counterfeit Yemeni Bank Notes for IRGC-Qods Force WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated a network of individuals and entities involved in a large-scale scheme to help Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) counterfeit currency to ...
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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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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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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 President Donald J. Trump on the Defeat of ISIS in Raqqah

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary October 21, 2017 Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Defeat of ISIS in Raqqah I am pleased to announce that the Syrian Democratic Forces, our partners in the fight against ISIS in Syria, have successfully recaptured Raqqah – the terrorist group’s self-proclaimed capital city. Together, ...
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Excerpts of Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Raqqa’s Liberation from ISIS 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Excerpts of Statement by Secretary Tillerson October 20, 2017 Raqqa’s Liberation from ISIS … We congratulate the Syrian people and the Syrian Democratic Forces, including the Syrian Arab Coalition, on the liberation of Raqqa.  The United States is proud to lead the 73-member Global ...
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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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Quartet Envoys’ Joint Press Statement

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson MEDIA NOTE September 28, 2017 Quartet Envoys’ Joint Press Statement The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations welcome efforts, including those of Egypt, to create the conditions for the Palestinian Authority to assume ...
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Statement on the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s Referendum

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 25, 2017 The United States is deeply disappointed that the Kurdistan Regional Government decided to conduct today a unilateral referendum on independence, including in areas outside of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. The United States’ historic relationship with the people of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region will not ...
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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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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 by the Press Secretary on the Violence in Burma

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 11, 2017 Statement by the Press Secretary on the Violence in Burma The United States is deeply troubled by the ongoing crisis in northern Rakhine State in Burma, where at least 300,000 people have fled their homes in the wake of attacks on Burmese security posts ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON September 11, 2017 On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own.  Their courage on that day ...
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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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Tillerson On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON August 31, 2017 On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha As the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca and Medina comes to a close, I wish Muslims across the globe a meaningful and blessed Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha, also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice,’ is ...
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Statement on the Anniversary of the 2013 Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary August 21, 2017 Statement on the Anniversary of the 2013 Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack Today marks the 4th anniversary of the Syrian regime’s deadly chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.  This tragic event precipitated an international effort that ...
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Joint Statement by France, Germany, the United Kingdom and United States on Iran’s Ballistic Program

MEDIA NOTE July 28, 2017 Iran’s Space Launch Vehicle Inconsistent with UNSCR 2231 Joint Statement by France, Germany, the United Kingdom and United States With its latest launch of a Simorgh space launch vehicle on 27 July, Iran has again demonstrated activity inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2231. We condemn this action. This ...
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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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White House Statement on American Citizens Unjustly Detained in Iran

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary July 21, 2017 Statement on American Citizens Unjustly Detained in Iran President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are redoubling efforts to bring home all Americans unjustly detained abroad.  The United States condemns hostage takers and nations that continue to take hostages and detain our citizens without ...
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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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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Liberation of Mosul

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON July 10, 2017 Liberation of Mosul On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Abadi and the Iraqi people on their liberation of Mosul. This is a critical milestone in the global fight against ISIS, and underscores the success ...
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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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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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Statement by Secretary of State Tillerson on LGBTI Month

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 7, 2017 In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize ...
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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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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Terrorist Attack in Kabul

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON May 31, 2017 On the Terrorist Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan The United States strongly condemns today’s deadly attack in Kabul. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and injured, including our Afghan partners, members of the ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary May 26, 2017 Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan. During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning ...
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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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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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Tillerson on Iran Continuing Sponsoring Terrorism and on JCPOA

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON April 18, 2017 Iran Continues to Sponsor Terrorism Trump Administration Undergoing Interagency review of Iran Deal The U.S. Department of State certified to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan today that Iran is compliant through April 18th with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan ...
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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 by Mark Toner on UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON April 4, 2017 UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action Today is the United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, which provides an opportunity for the world to reflect on both the ...
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Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act Sanctions

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson MEDIA NOTE March 24, 2017 Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act Sanctions On March 21, the United States imposed sanctions on 30 foreign entities and individuals in 10 countries pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).  These sanctions apply to the specific ...
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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Nowruz

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary March 22, 2017 Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Nowruz This week, I would like to send my best wishes to all those around the world celebrating the wonderful ancient holiday of Nowruz.  Many millions of people of Iranian, Iraqi, Turkish, South Asian, and Central Asian ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Occasion of Nowruz

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON Message on the Occasion of Nowruz March 20, 2017  I wish a joyful and prosperous Nowruz to all those around the world celebrating this ancient tradition that marks the beginning of spring and the beginning of a new year. Millions of people across ...
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Statement by the Spokesperson on the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of Robert Levinson

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson March 9, 2017 Statement by the Spokesperson The Ten-Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of Robert Levinson  Today marks the ten-year anniversary of Robert Levinson’s disappearance from Kish Island, Iran.  The United States remains unwavering in our commitment to bring him home. Over the last decade his family ...
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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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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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Six-Year Anniversary of the House Arrests of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson February 14, 2017 STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON Six-Year Anniversary of the House Arrests of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard This week marks the six-year anniversary of the detention without formal charges of former senior Iranian officials and 2009 presidential election candidates Mehdi ...
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Statement by National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn on Iran

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 3, 2017 Statement by National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn on Iran Today, the United States sanctioned twenty-five individuals and entities that provide support to Iran’s ballistic missile program and to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force. The Islamic Republic of Iran is the world’s ...
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Statement By The President On International Holocaust Remembrance Day

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary January 27, 2017 It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror. Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines ...
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Statement by the President on the One-Year Anniversary of Implementation Day Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Today marks the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – a deal that has achieved significant, concrete results in making the United States and the world a safer place. This historic understanding reached between the United States, France, the United ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Holiday Message to the Iranian People

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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Renewing Waivers Related to Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act

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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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Statement by Mark Toner on the Sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi

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Statement by the President on the One Year Anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Today marks one year since the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal—known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—by representatives of the United States, Iran, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, and the European Union.  Over the last year, the Iran Deal has succeeded in rolling back Iran’s nuclear program, avoiding further conflict ...
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