Thanks to the efforts of U.S. government agencies, the UN World Food Program, the Coalition, and aid organizations on the ground in Yemen, the ship carrying four U.S.-supported cranes has successfully reached its destination at the port of Hudaydah.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Okay, very briefly, the President will issue a statement at 1:30 explaining today's actions and his decision. The Treasury Department will also issue their press release, which will go through the 14 new designations the United States government is taking against Iranian entities and individuals.
Moderator: Greetings to everyone form the US. Department of State, I’d like to welcome our participants dialing in from across Europe and Central Asia, and thank all of you for joining this discussion. Today we are pleased to be joined from Washington by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Ambassador Wells.*
Today, the President took decisive action to make it clear the United States will continue to abide by the terms of the Iran nuclear deal, but will not tolerate Iran’s dangerous and destabilizing behavior, and we expect other countries to join us.
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 militants to spread destruction across the Middle East. It props up the murderous regime of Bashar al Assad, and has helped him slaughter his own people.
Washington – Today, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 14 individuals and entities in connection with serious human rights abuses and censorship in Iran, and support to designated Iranian weapons proliferators.
President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France. The two leaders discussed President Macron’s recent visit to China and committed to continue to apply pressure on North Korea until it returns to the path of denuclearization.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Vancouver, Canada, January 15-17, to co-host the Vancouver Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. The meeting will bring together nations from across the globe to demonstrate international solidarity against North Korea’s dangerous and illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Hi, it’s Steve Goldstein. I’m the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. I will be doing the briefing today, and I’m joined by Brian Hook.
Of note, I’m happy to say that Heather’s son is doing much better, and I would expect her back at the podium next Tuesday. And no one will be more happier to see her than I. (Laughter.)
We are troubled by the news that the head of the local Chechen branch office of the Russian human rights NGO Memorial, Oyub Titiev, has been arrested. This is the latest in a string of reports of alarming recent human rights violations in Chechnya.