U.S. Policy

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…
May 19, 2011
         The United States opposes the use of violence and repression against the people of the region. We support a set of universal rights. Those rights include free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion; equality for men and women under the rule of law; and the right to…
May 11, 2011
         The following is an excerpt on Iran’s human rights violations from a joint statement by Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and Philo L. Dibble, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, in testimony…