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Obama on Rouhani Victory

      On June 17, President Barack Obama said

Election: US Reacts to Results

            In two separate statements, the United States called

US Sanctions Iran Leadership

           On June 4, the United States sanctioned a major network of front companies for hiding assets on behalf of Iranian leaders.

US Sanctions Iran Currency

      On June 3, the United States imposed sanctions for the first time on Iran’s currency, the rial.

Kerry Chastises Iran on Election

            On May 24,Tags: Election, Iran Politics, Presidency, U.S. Policy, United States

US Targets Iran Oil, Sanctions Evaders

            On May 31, the United States targeted Iranian petrochemical companies for the first time.

US Lifts Sanctions

            On May 30, the United States authorized the export of cell phones, computers and internet equipment to Iran.

US Sanctions Nuclear and Missile Programs

            On May 23, the U.S.

U.S. Report on Iran Religious Freedom Abuses

            Iran’s government reportedly imprisoned, harassed and discriminated against more people for their religious beliefs in 2

Top US Officials on Sanctions Impact

            On May 15, two top officials in the Obama administration claimed U.S.

New U.S. Sanctions on Nuclear Program, Bank and Shipping

            On May 9, the State Department imposed new sanctions on four Iranian companies and one individual for providing “goods, tech

U.S. Offers Earthquake Aid to Iran, Pakistan

            On April 16, Secretary of State John Kerry offered assistance to Iran and Pakistan after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit their b

New U.S. Sanctions on Banks, Oil

            On April 11, the U.S.

U.S. Offers Earthquake Aid to Iran

            On April 10, the United States offered aid to Iran one day after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the country’s south.

Kerry on Nuke Talks: What’s Next?

            Iran and the world’s six major powers failed to compromise on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program in the fifth r

Kerry Presses Iraq on Iran Flights to Syria

            On March 24, Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Iraq to inspect Iranian cargo flights for arms.

Obama and Netanyahu Agree on Iran

            President Obama, on his first visit to Israel since taking office, warned that the time left to solve the Iranian nuclear issue

Kerry’s Iran Connection on Nowruz

            On March 20, Secretary of State John Kerry sent “warm wishes for health and prosperity” to Iranians for Nowruz, th

Obama on Nowruz: New U.S.-Iran Relationship Possible

            On March 18, President Obama said there could be a “new relationship” with Iran if it meets international obligati

U.S. Sanctions Secret Iranian Oil Network

            On March 14, the U.S.

The Mysterious Case of Robert Levinson

            Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent, disappeared from Iran’s Kish Island on March 9, 2007.

Kerry: Nuke talks cannot go on forever

            On March 4, Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal warned that the window for diplomac

Democrats Propose Posting U.S. Diplomat in Iran

            On February 15, Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced legislation that would reestablish a new diplomatic envoy

U.S. Condemns Imprisonment of Opposition

            On February 14, the United States condemned Iran's continued imprisonment of former presidential candidates and opposition lead

U.S. Sanctions Chinese Firms for Proliferation

            On February 11, the U.S.

Treasury Sanctions Oil Revenues and Targets Human Rights Abusers

            On February 6, the U.S.

Biden: U.S. Open to Direct Talks with Iran

            On February 2, Vice President Joe Biden said the U

New Penalties on Iran in Defense Bill

            On January 3, President Barack Obama signed a $633 billion defense bill for fiscal year 2013.

More U.S. Sanctions for Proliferation

            On December 21, the U.S.

Panetta: New U.S. Strategy to Counter Iran

            On December 18, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta outlined a new U.S.

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