THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. My fellow Americans: As President of the United States, my highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people. History has shown that the longer we ignore a threat, the more dangerous that threat becomes. For this reason, upon taking office, I've ordered a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran. That review is now complete.
GENERAL MCMASTER: Hi. Good evening, everybody. Secretary Tillerson and I are happy to be with you to discuss President Trump's Iran strategy. And I just wanted to quickly, by way of introduction -- and I know you really want to hear from the Secretary about the strategy itself -- tell you that this was the result of months of an interagency process during which Secretary of State Tillerson took a foundational role to view the problem set associated with Iran through the lens of our vital national security interests.
I guess I only have a few points. Number one, when the President speaks later today, this has really, I think, been by some a little bit mischaracterized as a JCPOA or a nuclear deal speech. It will address the JCPOA and the nuclear deal, but it is fundamentally an Iran policy and Iran strategy speech that will lay out a full range of Iranian malign activities and the full range of the United States’s actions to counter all of those malign activities, which of course includes nuclear but stretches well beyond that.
“It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction.” – President Donald J. Trump President Donald J. Trump, in consultation with his national security team, has approved a new strategy for Iran. It is the culmination of nine months of deliberation with Congress and our allies on how to best protect American security.
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) pursuant to the global terrorism Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 and consistent with the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.
Secretary Tillerson hosted Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro today at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.
The United States government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, has secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan.
In 2012, Caitlan Coleman, an American citizen, and her husband, Joshua Boyle, a Canadian citizen, were taken captive and held hostage by the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization with ties to the Taliban. Ms. Coleman gave birth to the couple's three children while they were in captivity. Yesterday, the United States government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan.
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, held a meeting with U Thaung Tun, National Security Advisor of Burma, to discuss the urgent refugee crisis in Burma.
In July, when UNESCO made its latest outrageous and politically based decision, designating the Old City of Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as part of Palestinian territory, the United States clearly stated that this decision would negatively affect our evaluation of our level of engagement with the organization. The United States will continue to evaluate all agencies within the United Nations system through the same lens.