U.S. Policy

July 7, 2011
           State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland issued the following statement on persecution of religious minorities in Iran on July 6, 2011:            We are dismayed over reports that the Iranian courts are requiring Youcef Nadarkhani to recant his Christian faith or…
June 30, 2011
         On June 29, 2011, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned Iranian security forces for involvement in the Syrian crackdown:              The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of one of the four major branches of Syria’s security forces, the Syrian Political Security…
June 23, 2011
       The following is a joint statement by Department of State Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Department of the Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on new Iran sanctions. A fact sheet detailing the new sanctions is below.       Today, the United States imposed sanctions on Tidewater…
June 20, 2011
On June 20, 2011, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned ten shipping companies and three individuals affiliated with Iran's national shipping line. The official statement is below:           Continuing efforts to target the financial underpinnings of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL…
June 14, 2011
On June 14, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement on repression in Iran and Syria to mark the second anniversary of the disputed 2009 presidential election:           Two years ago this week, Iranian citizens went to the polls in the hopes of expressing their democratic rights…
June 9, 2011
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on new sanctions:          In June 2009, the world watched as Iran’s security forces violently suppressed thousands of Iranians who were calling for transparency and accountability in their government.  Nearly two years after Iran’s brave citizens took to the…
June 2, 2011
The State Department issued a statement June 2 on the death of Iranian Activist Haleh Sahabi at her father’s funeral:             We condemn the killing of Iranian activist Haleh Sahabi in the strongest possible terms.  Eyewitness and reliable accounts of Haleh Sahabi's death yesterday at her…
May 24, 2011
Seven companies have been sanctioned under the amended Iran Sanctions Act. The following is a State Department statement issued on May 24, 2011:         Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to impose sanctions on seven companies under the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) of 1996, as…
May 23, 2011
The following is a State Department statement issued on May 19, 2011: President Obama remains committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and has successfully built an international coalition to hold Iran accountable on its illicit nuclear program.  With our P5+1 partners, we…
May 20, 2011
The following is a statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:        I am very pleased to announce a big step forward in the Obama Administration’s support of the Iranian people.         Under our old visa policy, Iranian students and exchange visitors were eligible for visas that lasted…