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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.

U.S. Targets Iran Arms Shipments

On March 27, the Treasury Department designated an Iranian airline and officials for exporting lethal aid to the Levant and Africa. The following is the Treasury Department's statement.

Obama on Iran during Korea Trip

President Obama at Hankuk University, Seoul, South Korea, March 26

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

On Dec.

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

Annika Folkeson

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