The United Nations Human Rights Council Holds Special Session on Iran

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN November 24, 2022 The United Nations Human Rights Council Holds Special Session on Iran Today’s Special Session at the UN Human Rights Council addressed the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran, with a particular and appropriate focus on ...
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Designating Iranian Officials Connected to Serious Human Rights Abuses in Iran’s Kurdistan and West Azerbaijan Provinces

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN November 23, 2022 Designating Iranian Officials Connected to Serious Human Rights Abuses in Iran’s Kurdistan and West Azerbaijan Provinces The United States is gravely concerned by reports that Iranian authorities are escalating violence against peaceful protesters. Today, we ...
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Designating Sanctions Evaders Involved in Iranian Petrochemical and Petroleum Trade

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release November 17, 2022 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN Designating Sanctions Evaders Involved in Iranian Petrochemical and Petroleum Trade The United States is taking further action to disrupt sanctions evasion efforts involving the sale of Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products. Specifically, the Department of ...
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Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the Maritime Attack Against the MV Pacific

THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2022 Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the Maritime Attack Against the MV Pacific We condemn in the strongest possible terms the November 15 attack against a commercial tanker, the MV Pacific Zircon, that was transiting in international waters off the coast of Oman. ...
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Sanctioning Senior Officials of Iranian Broadcaster

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN November 16, 2022 Sanctioning Senior Officials of Iranian Broadcaster The United States is designating six individuals for acting for or on behalf of the Iranian state-run media corporation, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).  IRIB was previously ...
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Imposing Sanctions on Entities and Individuals in Response to Iran’s Transfer of Military UAVs to Russia

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN November 15, 2022 Imposing Sanctions on Entities and Individuals in Response to Iran’s Transfer of Military UAVs to Russia Today we are imposing sanctions in response to Iran’s support of Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine, including Tehran’s transfer ...
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Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the Continued Crackdown on Protestors in Iran

THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2022 Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the Continued Crackdown on Protestors in Iran We are deeply concerned about reports from Iran of mass arrests, sham trials, and now a death sentence for protesters voicing legitimate demands against a government that systematically denies basic dignity ...
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On the 43rd Anniversary of the Takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY NED PRICE, SPOKESPERSON November 4, 2022 On the 43rd Anniversary of the Takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Followers of Ayatollah Khomeini held our diplomats hostage for ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Ongoing Protests in Iran

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Ongoing Protests in Iran Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York November 2, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Nazanin. That was an extraordinarily powerful statement. And thank you for your call to support the freedom-loving ...
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Statement by Vice President Kamala Harris on Iran Protests and the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Statement by Vice President Kamala Harris on Iran Protests and the UN Commission on the Status of Women The United States continues to stand with the brave women of Iran as they protest peacefully for their fundamental rights and basic human dignity. All people in Iran must have the right to freedom of expression and ...
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Sanctioning the Iranian Entity Responsible for a Bounty on Salman Rushdie

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Sanctioning the Iranian Entity Responsible for a Bounty on Salman Rushdie ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 28, 2022 In response to the attack on author Salman Rushdie, the United States is designating the Iranian entity ‘15 Khordad Foundation.’ Before the attack, this entity had issued ...
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Designation of Iranian Officials and Entities Connected to Ongoing Protest Repression, Censorship, and Prison Abuses

Designation of Iranian Officials and Entities Connected to Ongoing Protest Repression, Censorship, and Prison Abuses ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 26, 2022 It has been 40 days since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa “Zhina” Amini in the custody of Iran’s so-called “Morality Police.” We join her family and the Iranian people for a ...
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On Russia’s Acquisition of UAVs from Iran

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson On Russia’s Acquisition of UAVs from Iran PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 19, 2022 Today, the United States joined the United Kingdom and France in raising the issue of Iran’s transfer of UAVs to Russia at a meeting of the UN Security Council, where Council ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Human Rights Defenders on Women and Human Rights in Iran

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Human Rights Defenders on Women and Human Rights in Iran REMARKS  ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE  THOMAS JEFFERSON ROOM  WASHINGTON, D.C.  OCTOBER 14, 2022  SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good morning, everyone. We’re gathered today as we see remarkable displays of courage throughout Iran as women, young people, and many others continue to ...
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Sanctioning Iranian Leaders Responsible for Human Rights Abuses or Censorship

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN October 6, 2022 Sanctioning Iranian Leaders Responsible for Human Rights Abuses or Censorship The United States condemns the Iranian government’s continued violent suppression of protests following the tragic death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of the ...
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Baquer Namazi’s Departure from Iran

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN October 5, 2022 On Baquer Namazi’s Departure from Iran Baquer Namazi is now in Abu Dhabi after departing Iran for Muscat; he has been reunited with his family and will soon receive urgently needed medical treatment. A U.S. ...
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Statement by President Biden on the Violent Crackdown in Iran

Statement by President Biden on the Violent Crackdown in Iran I remain gravely concerned about reports of the intensifying violent crackdown on peaceful protestors in Iran, including students and women, who are demanding their equal rights and basic human dignity. They are calling for just and universal principles, which underpin the UN Charter and Universal ...
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Iran’s Lifting of Travel Ban on Baquer Namazi and Granting of Humanitarian Furlough to Siamak Namazi

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY NED PRICE, SPOKESPERSON October 1, 2022 Iran’s Lifting of Travel Ban on Baquer Namazi and Granting of Humanitarian Furlough to Siamak Namazi We were deeply gratified to learn from the UN Secretary-General today that Iran has lifted the travel ban imposed on ...
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Designating Iran Petroleum and Petrochemical Sanctions Evaders

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN September 29, 2022 Designating Iran Petroleum and Petrochemical Sanctions Evaders The United States is taking further action to disrupt efforts to evade sanctions on the sale of Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products.  Specifically, the Department of State is ...
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Advancing the Free Flow of Information for the Iranian People

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson   For Immediate Release   STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN   September 23, 2022   Advancing the Free Flow of Information for the Iranian People   Today we are issuing a General License to advance our efforts and commitments to ensure that the Iranian people can ...
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Designating Iran’s Morality Police and Seven Officials for Human Rights Abuses in Iran

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN September 22, 2022 Designating Iran’s Morality Police and Seven Officials for Human Rights Abuses in Iran The United States condemns the tragic and brutal death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who died in the custody of ...
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Sanctioning Iranians for Malicious Cyber Acts

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN September 14, 2022 Sanctioning Iranians for Malicious Cyber Acts The United States is sanctioning ten individuals and two entities, all affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, for their roles in conducting malicious cyber acts, including ransomware activity.  ...
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Sanctioning Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security for Malign Cyber Activities

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN September 9, 2022 Sanctioning Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security for Malign Cyber Activities The United States is designating Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and its Minister of Intelligence, Esmail Khatib, for engaging in cyber-enabled activities ...
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Designating Iranian Proliferators of Shipping Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology to Russia for Use in Ukraine

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN September 8, 2022 Designating Iranian Proliferators of Shipping Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology to Russia for Use in Ukraine The United States is designating a person involved in the shipment of Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Russia for ...
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The Attack against Salman Rushdie

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PRESS STATEMENT SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN August 14, 2022 The Attack against Salman Rushdie We join those across the country and around the world who are keeping Salman Rushdie in our thoughts in the aftermath of this heinous attack. More than a literary giant, Rushdie has consistently stood up for the ...
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Issuance of Executive Order on Bolstering Ongoing Efforts to Bring Hostages and Wrongfully Detained U.S. Nationals Home

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN July 19, 2022 Issuance of Executive Order on Bolstering Ongoing Efforts to Bring Hostages and Wrongfully Detained U.S. Nationals Home We continue to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to bring home U.S. nationals held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad. ...
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Testimony of Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Testimony of Robert Malley Special Envoy for Iran U.S. Department of State Senate Foreign Relations Committee “The JCPOA Negotiations and United States’ Policy on Iran Moving Forward” May 25, 2022 Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member, Members of the Committee, Thank you for this opportunity to talk about the Biden Administration’s strategy toward Iran. Let me begin ...
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The IAEA Board of Governors Resolution on Iran

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE  Office of the Spokesperson  For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN  June 9, 2022  The IAEA Board of Governors Resolution on Iran  Yesterday, we joined the overwhelming majority of the IAEA Board of Governors in expressing support for the IAEA’s essential mission of safeguarding nuclear material to prevent nuclear ...
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Targeting an Oil Smuggling Network Supporting the IRGC-QF and Hizballah

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE  Office of the Spokesperson  For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN  May 25, 2022  Targeting an Oil Smuggling Network Supporting the IRGC-QF and Hizballah   The United States remains fully committed to imposing costs on the Iranian regime for its support to terrorist proxies that destabilize the Middle East.  To ...
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United States Imposes Sanctions on Iran’s Ballistic Missile-Related Activities

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN March 30, 2022 United States Imposes Sanctions on Iran’s Ballistic Missile-Related Activities The United States is designating five Iranian individuals and entities for sanctions pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery ...
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Statement on the Passing of Madeleine K. Albright

Statement on the Passing of Madeleine K. Albright 03/23/2022 07:57 EDT Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was a brilliant diplomat, a visionary leader, a courageous trailblazer, a dedicated mentor, and a great and good person who loved the United States deeply and devoted her life to serving it. She was also a ...
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Statement by President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden Marking Nowruz

Statement by President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden Marking Nowruz MARCH 20, 2022 . STATEMETNS AND RELEASES Jill and I extend our best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz in the United States and around the world today — including in Iran and the Middle East, Central and South Asia, the Caucuses, and ...
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Iran’s missile strikes on the Kurdistan region of Iraq

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY NED PRICE, SPOKESPERSON March 13, 2022 Iran’s missile strikes on the Kurdistan region of Iraq The United States strongly condemns the missile strikes on Erbil, Iraq last night that emanated from Iran. The strikes were an outrageous violation of Iraq’s sovereignty. No ...
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Statement by President Biden on Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable attack on Ukraine

FEBRUARY 23, 2022 The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction ...
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Passing of former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, Mrs. Azita Raji

US Embassy Sweden: Our Embassy community is saddened by the recent passing of former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, Mrs. Azita Raji, who left us after a period of illness.  Azita Raji served as the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden between March 2016 and January 2017. Ambassador Raji was nominated for the State Department’s ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Transatlantic Quad Foreign Ministers

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT January 20, 2022 Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Transatlantic Quad Foreign Ministers The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, and UK Minister of State for Middle East, North ...
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Targeting Repression and Supporting Democracy

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN December 7, 2021 Targeting Repression and Supporting Democracy Consistent with the goals of this week’s Summit for Democracy, the United States is committed to using its full range of tools to counter serious human rights abuse and repressive ...
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U.S. GCC Iran Working Group Statement

U.S. GCC Iran Working Group Statement 11/17/2021 01:26 PM EST Office of the Spokesperson Senior officials of the United States (U.S.) and the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), convened their Working Group on Iran at the GCC’s headquarters in Riyadh on November 17, as decided by the U.S.-GCC Foreign Ministerial on September 23. ...
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Designation of Iranian Cyber Actors for Attempting to Influence the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN November 18, 2021 Designation of Iranian Cyber Actors for Attempting to Influence the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election State-sponsored actors, including Iranian groups, have engaged in covert and deceptive activities to disseminate disinformation through websites and social media designed ...
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Special Envoy Malley Regional Travel

Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley will lead an interagency team to the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain from November 11-20 to hold consultations with partners and attend a series of regional engagements.  He will coordinate our approaches on a broad range of concerns with Iran, including its destabilizing activities in the region ...
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Remarks by President Biden at the COP26 Leaders Statement

Remarks by President Biden at the COP26 Leaders Statement NOVEMBER 01, 2021•SPEECHES AND REMARKS Scottish Event Campus Glasgow, Scotland 2:55 P.M. GMT THE PRESIDENT: Ladies and gentlemen, to state the obvious, we meet with the eyes of history upon us and the profound questions before us. It’s simple: Will we act? Will we do what ...
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Remarks by Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the COP26 U.S. Center Opening Event

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release REMARKS November 1, 2021 Secretary Antony J. Blinken At the COP26 U.S. Center Opening Event November 1, 2021 Glasgow, United Kingdom SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. It is a great pleasure to join all of you for what is the official launch of the U.S. ...
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Designation of Six Targets Involved in Iran’s Destabilizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Activities

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN October 29, 2021 Designation of Six Targets Involved in Iran’s Destabilizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Activities Today, the United States designated six Iranian targets – two entities and four individuals – using Executive Orders (E.O.) 13224 and 13382, which ...
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Sixth Anniversary of Iran’s Wrongful Detention of Siamak Namazi

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN October 13, 2021 Sixth Anniversary of Iran’s Wrongful Detention of Siamak Namazi Today marks six years that Iran has wrongfully detained Siamak Namazi, a U.S. citizen who has committed no crime and has been held by the Iranian government for the better part of a ...
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Special Envoy Malley’s Trip to the Middle East

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release                                          MEDIA NOTE  October 13, 2021  Special Envoy Malley’s Trip to the Middle East Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley will travel to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia from October 15-21 to meet and discuss with our Gulf partners a range of ...
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The United States Imposes Sanctions on International Networks Supporting Terrorism

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN September 17, 2021 The United States Imposes Sanctions on International Networks Supporting Terrorism The United States has designated Lebanon- and Kuwait-based members of a financial network that funds Hizballah, as well as members of an international network of ...
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Sanctioning Iranian Intelligence Affiliates for Targeting Dissidents Abroad

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN September 3, 2021 Sanctioning Iranian Intelligence Affiliates for Targeting Dissidents Abroad Iran’s attempt to kidnap a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil because she used her freedom of speech to criticize the Iranian government is unacceptable and an egregious ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson REMARKS TO THE PRESS May 12, 2021 Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 International Religious Freedom Report Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. MR PRICE:  Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today.  I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to introduce Secretary Blinken, who will ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Virtual Remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Virtual Remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism May 7, 2021 Washington, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good morning, good afternoon, good evening.  Let me start by thanking China and Foreign Minister Wang for initiating this critical discussion on the future of the United Nations and the international order.  ...
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Remarks by President Biden in Address to a Joint Session of Congress

Remarks by President Biden in Address to a Joint Session of Congress APRIL 29, 2021 •  SPEECHES AND REMARKS U.S. Capitol (April 28, 2021) **See correction below, marked by an asterisk. 9:06 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you.  Good to be back.  And Mitch and Chuck will understand it’s good to be almost home, down ...
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Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances

SPEECH ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NATO HEADQUARTERS AGORA BRUSSELS, BELGIUM MARCH 24, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon. A few weeks ago, not long after becoming Secretary of State, I spoke directly to the American people.  I said that my number one job is to ensure that America’s foreign policy delivers for them – that it makes their lives more ...
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