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U.S. Treasury: Iran Oil Exports Down 55 Percent

On Sept. 12, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen announced that Iran’s crude oil exports have decreased by 55 percent since January 2012.

U.S. Welcomes Release of Christian Pastor

On Sept. 10, the State Department applauded Iran’s release of a Christian Pastor who was sentenced to death for apostasy in 2010.

U.S. Condemns Iran’s New Education Policy

On August 21, State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland issued the following statement condemning Iran’s new education policy.

Panetta: Iran Trains Syrian Militia

On August 14, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey held a joint press conference in Washington.

U.S. on Earthquake Aid

On August 12, 2012, the United States offered aid to Iran after two earthquakes reportedly hit almost 200 villages near the northwest city of Tabriz.

U.S. Sanctions Syrian Oil Company for Iran Support

On August 10, the United States “imposed sanctions on the Syrian state-run oil company Sytrol under the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), as amended by the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Acc

New Congressional Sanctions on Iran

On August 1, Congress voted to impose new sanctions on Iran that target companies aiding Tehran’s energy sector.

Panetta: “All options” on the table for Iran

On August 1, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that “all options” are on the table for preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, including “military options.” At a joint pr

Part II: U.S. Assesses New Sanctions

On July 31, the Obama administration provided a briefing on the new U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Part I: U.S. Sanctions Oil Industry

On July 31, President Obama issued the following statement on new sanctions on Iranian oil and foreign financial institutions that facilitate transactions for Iranian banks.

Part II: U.S. Slams Iran on Baha’is

The State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom report focused particular attention on Iran’s Baha’is, the country’s largest religious minority at between

Part I: Iran “Horrible” on Religious Freedom

On July 30, 2012, the U.S. Department of State released its annual International Religious Freedom Report, which highlighted serious human rights violations in Iran.

U.S. Warns Iran about Prisoners

On July 18, the State Department expressed concern about the deteriorating condition of political prisoners in Iran. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland issued the following statement.

New U.S. Sanctions Target 50 Iranian Entities

On July 12, the United States announced broad new sanctions on Iranian front companies and banks linked to the proliferation of nuclear and missiles programs.

U.S. Condemns Iran's Anti-Semitic Remarks

On July 3, the State Department issued the following statement condemning comments by Iran's vice president.

U.S. Heralds European Sanctions on Iran

On July 1, the White House press secretary issued the following statement on the European Union’s new sanctions on Iranian oil, as they went into effect.

White House Briefing on New U.S. Sanctions

On June 28, three senior Obama administration officials gave a briefing on the growing impact of international sanctions on Iran and the new U.S.

China Cuts Back Iran Oil Imports

On June 28, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a waiver on China and Singapore from facing U.S.

Clinton and Baker on Diplomacy v. War

On June 20, the State Department hosted a conversation on U.S. foreign policy between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Secretary of State James Baker.

Hillary Clinton and Shimon Peres on Iran

On June 12, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli President Shimon Peres held a public discussion in Washington on critical Middle East issues to celebrate the 10th

U.S. Waivers Seven Countries for Reducing Iran Oil

On June 11, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued the following statement on Significant Reductions of Iranian Crude Oil Purchases:

Bipartisan Letter from Congress Supports Diplomacy

May 21, 2012
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House

Biden on Iran

The following are excerpts from a speech by Vice President Joe Biden to the Rabbinical Assembly convention in Atlanta on May 8, 2012:

U.S. to Punish Sanctions Evaders

     On May 1, the White House issued a new Executive Order targeting foreign sanctions evaders.

Clinton on New Iran Diplomacy

On April 26, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented on the new diplomatic effort with Iran.

Obama’s New Executive Order on Iran Human Rights Abusers

     On April 23, the White House issued a new Executive Order targeting “grave human rights abusers” in Iran and Syria.

U.S.-Iran Trade Still Thrives

Annika Folkeson

Obama Moves Toward Sanctioning Iran Oil

      On March 30, President Obama issued the following memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Energy.

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