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U.S. to Host Virtual Side Event at United Nations General Assembly on Promoting and Protecting Human Rights: A Re-Dedication to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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 Michael R. Pompeo And Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Kelly Craft, and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien At a Press Availability on Iran Snapback Sanctions

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 Ambassador Jeffrey Travels to northeast Syria, Iraq, and Germany

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.

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The United States Imposes Sweeping New Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran

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.

Armenian Independence Day

On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Armenia as you celebrate Independence Day, in commemoration of your declaration of independence from the Soviet Union. The United States is committed to continuing to build our bilateral partnership as we strengthen the ties between our people based on shared democratic values and a desire for peace and prosperity.

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Special Briefing with Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams

Moderator:  Good afternoon from the U.S. State Department’s Brussels Media Hub.  I’d like to welcome all participants to today’s telephonic press briefing with Elliott Abrams, Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela.  Special Representative Abrams will be discussing the return of UN sanctions on Iran and related U.S. actions toward the Iranian regime.  We are also being joined on the call by a senior administration official whose comments should be attributed in that manner.

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Executive Order on Blocking Property of Certain Persons with Respect to the Conventional Arms Activities of Iran

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (Public Law 115-44), the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that:

It remains the policy of the United States to counter Iran’s malign influence in the Middle East, including transfers from Iran of destabilizing conventional weapons and acquisition of arms and related materiel by Iran.

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Treasury Sanctions Key Actors in Iran’s Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Programs

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned three Deputy Directors of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and a number of its subsidiaries. Companies supplying equipment for Iran’s ballistic missile production overseen by Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO) and senior officials working on Iran’s missile programs have also been designated.

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Statement by the President Regarding New Restrictions on Iran’s Nuclear, Ballistic Missile, and Conventional Weapons Pursuits

Today, I am taking new actions to restrict Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and conventional weapons pursuits. My Administration will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon, nor will we allow Iran to endanger the rest of the world with a fresh supply of ballistic missiles and conventional arms.

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Commerce Adds Five Scientists Involved in Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Development Program to the Entity List

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.

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