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U.S. Condemns Imprisonment of Opposition

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

New Penalties on Iran in Defense Bill

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

Kerry’s Past Comments on Iran

            On December 21, President Barack Obama nominated Senator John Kerry to be the Secretary of State during his second term.

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.

U.S. Ready for Negotiations but Time is Short

            On December 8, Deputy Secretary of State William J.

U.S. Renews Iran Sanctions Waivers

            On December 7, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the renewal of Iran sanctions exceptions for China, India, Malay

U.S. Issues Iran Travel Warning

            On December 7, the State Department warned that U.S.

U.S. Sanctions Iran's Shipping and Energy Sectors

            On November 30, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved new sanctions on Iran’s energy and shipping sectors.

Clinton: U.S. Must Test Diplomatic Option

            On November 29, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that “it’s imperative that we do everything we can –

U.S. Sets March Deadline for Iran’s Cooperation

            On November 29, Ambassador Robert Wood set a March 2013 deadline for Iran to begin cooperating with the U.N.

Striking Iran: An Avoidable Disaster?

            Iran’s most advanced missiles cannot reliably reach Israel, according to a new study by the Middle East Pol

Obama to Push for Dialogue with Iran

            On November 14, President Barack Obama announced that he will push to start a dialogue between Iran and the internation

U.S. "Appalled" After Blogger Dies in Iran Prison

            On November 9, the United States condemned Iran's persecution of blogger Sattar Beheshti, who

Iran, U.S. Deny Report on Bilateral Talks

            On October 20, the New York Times published an Tags: Iran, Negotiations, Nuclear Program, U.S. Policy, U.S. Policy

U.S. Targets Iran-based al Qaeda Branch

            On October 18, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned the deputy of an al Qaeda branch operating in Iran.

Sanctions Bite, Iran Scrambles

Gary Clyde Hufbauer 

Escalating US-Iran Rivalry

            On October 10, the Center for Strategic and International Studies warned that sanctions and diplomatic isolation may not convin

U.S. Welcomes E.U. Sanctions

            On October 15, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that “Iran is under more pressure than ever before” tha

US Tightens Sanction Loopholes

            On October 9, the United States moved to tighten loopholes in its Iran sanctions.

US takes MEK off terrorism list

            On Sept. 28, the U.S.

World Leaders React to Ahmadinejad

            Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York on Sept. 22 and addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 26.

U.S. Senate Rejects Containment Policy on Iran

            On Sept. 22, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution ruling out the policy of containing a nuclear-armed Iran.

FACT SHEET: Two Years of Tightening U.N. Sanctions

            On Sept. 20, one week before the U.N.

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.

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