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U.S.: 11 Nations Reduce Iran Oil Purchases

On March 20, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued the following statement on Significant Reductions of Iranian Crude Oil Purchases: 

On Nowruz, Obama Calls for End to “Electronic Curtain”

Remarks of President Obama Marking Nowruz 

U.S. to Support Internet Freedom in Iran

Fact Sheet: Treasury interpretive guidance and statement of licensing policy on internet freedom in Iran 

Global Financial Service Cuts Off Iran

On March 15, the global financial service, SWIFT, decided to cut ties with Iranian banks. The following is SWIFT’s statement.

Obama and Cameron on Diplomacy with Iran

     At a joint White House press conference on March 14, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron commented on the new diplomatic effort with Iran by the wo

Obama on Iran

President Obama commented extensively on Iran at a White House news conference on March 6, 2012.
 

U.S. Sanctions Iran for Heroin Trafficking

On March 7, the Treasury Department designated Iranian Qods Force General overseeing Afghan Heroin trafficking through Iran. The following is the Treasury Department’s statement.

U.S. Military Chief: Strike Not “Prudent”

On Feb. 19, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey made the following comments on Iran in an interview on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria.

U.S. Sanctions Iranian Intelligence Ministry

On Feb. 16, the State Department issued the following statement on Iran:

U.S. Sanctions Central Bank

The following is an excerpt of President Obama’s statement on new U.S. sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank.

U.S. on new Arrests, Harassment and Death Sentences

On Jan. 26, the State Department issued the following statement on Iran.

Obama on Iran in State of the Union

Below is an excerpt from President Obama's State of the Union address on Jan. 24

U.S. lauds EU sanctions, imposes its own

President Obama’s Statement on EU’s New Iran Sanctions, on Jan. 23

U.S. Launches Virtual Embassy Tehran

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New Testimony: U.S. Policy on Iran

On Dec. 1, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S.

Defense Secretary Warns Iran

On Dec. 2, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made extensive remarks about Iran to the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center. The following are excerpts.

Republican Candidates on Iran

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Speech by National Security Advisor Tom Donilon


The following are excerpts from National Security Advisor Tom Donilon’s speech about U.S. policy on Iran at the Brookings Institution on Nov. 22, 2011.

 

Obama, Clinton, Geithner Statements on New Sanctions

President Obama’s Statement on New Iran Sanctions

White House Fact Sheet on U.S. Sanctions

On Nov. 21, the Obama administration announced new sanctions designed to target Iran’s controversial nuclear and missile programs.

Treasury Outlines New Sanctions

On Nov. 21, the Obama administration announced new sanctions designed to target Iran’s controversial nuclear and missile programs.

New Resolution on Iran and U.S. Reaction

On Nov. 18, 2011, a resolution by the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency expressed concern about Iran’s controversial nuclear program based on the latest report.

Part II – Testimony by U.S. Officials

The following are excerpts from Congressional testimony at a Nov. 15 hearing on the Obama Administration’s policy toward Iran.

Part I – Testimony by Iran Experts

The following are excerpts from Congressional testimony at a Nov. 15 hearing on the Obama Administration’s policy toward Iran.

House Moves to Strengthen Sanctions

The following statement was released on Nov. 2 by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Clinton and Kambiz Hosseini of Voice of America's Parazit Show

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton interview with Kambiz Hosseini of the Voice of America’s Parazit show on Oct. 26, 2011:

Clinton Interview with BBC Persian Service

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton interview with Bahman Kalbasi on Oct.

Three Congressional Testimonies on Iran

Congressional testimonies on Oct.

Marine Commander Links 1983 Bomb and 2011 Plot

The following is an excerpt from testimony by Col. Timothy J. Geraghty, USMC (retired) on Oct. 26 before the Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iranian Terror Operations on American Soil.

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