Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated five key figures that have facilitated the illegitimate Maduro regime’s efforts to undermine democracy in Venezuela. These individuals, including Maduro-supporting members of the Venezuelan National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional or AN), have acted as part of a broader scheme to manipulate parliamentary elections taking place in December 2020 by placing control of Venezuela’s opposition parties in the hands of politicians affiliated with Nicolas Maduro’s regime, undermining any credible opposition challenge to that regime.
Today, the United States is sanctioning, José Bernabé Gutiérrez Parra, Miguel Antonio José Ponente Parra, Guillermo Antonio Luces Osorio, Chaim José Bucaran Paraguan, and Williams José Benavides Rondón for their complicity in enabling Maduro’s efforts to rob the people of Venezuela of their right to choose their leaders in free and fair elections. This action is taken under Executive Order 13692, as amended. This latest Treasury Department action follows the sanctions announced on September 4 against other key illegitimate Maduro regime members.
Deputy Secretary of State Steve Biegun and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale participated in a meeting last Thursday with United Nations Security Council members, Kuwait, Sweden, and Germany on the margins of the UN General Assembly to discuss the Yemen civil war that has resulted in a humanitarian disaster.
On Thursday, September 24, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun will host a virtual dialogue on humanitarian leadership, featuring the world’s top ten humanitarian donor nations, led by the United States, during the 75th UN General Assembly High Level Week. The Deputy Secretary will be joined by USAID Acting Administrator Barsa in highlighting U.S. commitment to addressing the world’s most urgent humanitarian needs in partnership with other top donor nations and UN led humanitarian aid agencies.
From September 22 through October 12, U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region James P. DeHart will travel to Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; and, Nuuk, Sisimiut, and Ilulissat, Greenland. Coordinator DeHart will engage in consultations with Arctic partners to further develop our balanced approach in the region and advance U.S. interests in the areas of security, economic growth, environmental stewardship, energy, and support for indigenous communities.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced that the Department is adding five Iranian scientists to the Entity List for enabling or assisting Iran’s nuclear development program, which is contrary to the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States. The individuals added to the Entity List are Ahmad Nozad Gholik, Behnam Pouremadi, Hamid Sepehrian, Mojtaba Farhadi Ganjeh, and Sayyed Javad Ahmadi.
On Wednesday, September 23, the U.S. Government will host a virtual event during the High Level Week of the 75th UN General Assembly to highlight the continuing importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. I want to start by thanking Secretaries Mnuchin and Esper and Ross, Ambassador Craft, Ambassador O’Brien for their leadership and for coming to the State Department on this important occasion.
Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador James Jeffrey, joined by Special Envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn, travels to northeast Syria, Erbil, Iraq, and Berlin, Germany from September 20-24.
The Trump Administration has made clear that the United States will do whatever it takes to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism, from spreading death and mayhem throughout the Middle East and the world. Rather than wait for the day that Iran threatens the world with a nuclear weapon, the United States is again fulfilling the best traditions of American global leadership and taking responsible action.