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2020-06-26

U.S.-GNA Discussions on Militia Demobilization

On June 24th the U.S. Government and the Libyan Ministry of the Interior met virtually to resume discussions on militia demobilization. The end of the siege of Tripoli has created a renewed opportunity and an imperative to address militias, in the west and in the east of Libya. As part of continued U.S. engagement with all sides, the U.S. delegation will convene a similar conversation with LNA representatives.

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we honor and support victims and survivors throughout the world. We observe this day on the anniversary of the date on which the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into effect; 166 countries including the United States have since ratified the Convention.


Russian National Pleads Guilty for Role in Transnational Cybercrime Organization Responsible for more than $568 Million in Losses

One of the leaders of the Infraud Organization pleaded guilty today to RICO conspiracy. Infraud was an Internet-based cybercriminal enterprise engaged in the large-scale acquisition, sale, and dissemination of stolen identities, compromised debit and credit cards, personally identifiable information, financial and banking information, computer malware, and other contraband.

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Russian National Sentenced to Prison for Operating Websites Devoted to Fraud and Malicious Cyber Activities

A Russian national was sentenced today to nine years in prison for his operation of two websites devoted to the facilitation of payment card fraud, computer hacking, and other crimes before Senior U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in the Eastern District of Virginia.

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2020-06-25

The United States Imposes Sanctions with Respect to Iran’s Metal Industry

The Iranian regime uses revenue it receives from the export of metals to provide funding for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization,


Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in The German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participated today in The German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum in a conversation with Bojan Pancevski of The Wall Street Journal.

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At the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

First and foremost, to all the victims and survivors watching: You’re why this work is done. It’s why we are humbled to witness your courage and resilience.

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2020-06-24

Empty Promises from the People’s Republic of China in Africa

The American people continue to stand with our partners across Africa in confronting the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve invested more than $100 billion in public health sectors in sub-Saharan Africa over the last 20 years and more than $360 million in COVID-19 response so far.

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Treasury Sanctions Five Iranian Captains Who Delivered Gasoline to the Maduro Regime in Venezuela

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against the captains of the five ships that U.S.-sanctioned Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) used to deliver Iranian gasoline to the illegitimate Maduro regime in Venezuela.

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Sanctions on Iranian Tanker Captains for Assistance to Maduro’s Illegitimate Regime

Today, the United States, under Executive Order 13599, is sanctioning five Iranian ship captains, who delivered approximately 1.5 million barrels of Iranian gasoline and related components to Venezuela in support of the illegitimate Maduro regime.


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