State Department Report 1: Iran’s Support for Terrorism

September 28, 2018

On September 25, the State Department's Iran Action Group released a report detailing Iran’s support of terrorism, missile program, illicit financial activities, threat to maritime security, threat to cybersecurity, human rights abuses, and exploitation of the environment. “Today, the United States is publishing a full record of the Islamic Republic’s hostile behavior abroad and its repression at home beyond the continued threat of the nuclear program,” wrote Secretary of State Pompeo in the report’s introduction.

Part 3: Pompeo, Bolton on Iran During U.N. Week

September 24, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted Iranian sponsorship of terror and proliferation risks posed by Tehran in the runup to opening of the U.N. General Assembly. “We are determined to stop that behavior and to change the way the Iranian regime inflicts horrors all around the world,” he told Fox News on September 21. Pompeo frequently highlighted Iran’s support for terror in his remarks in New York as well. He and other U.S. officials also clarified that the Trump administration is not seeking regime change in Iran.

Military Parade Attacked in Ahvaz

September 24, 2018

On September 22, four gunmen attacked a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. At least 29 people were killed, including women and children, and some 70 others were injured. At least eight were Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) personnel, according to Iranian officials. The gunmen were reportedly dressed like IRGC members. “They were just aimlessly shooting around and did not have a specific target,” one witness told Iranian state television.

Former U.S. Officials Challenge Trump Policy

September 24, 2018

On September 23, a bipartisan group of more than 50 American national security experts encouraged the Trump Administration to combine pressure and diplomacy in its approach to Iran. “The Trump Administration’s Iran strategy is to assert maximum economic, political and military pressure to change Iran’s behavior and threaten, if not cause, collapse of the regime. But since it has not undertaken diplomatic engagement on any of its twelve demands on Iran, the Administration has left Iran the option of either capitulation or war,” they warned.

State Department on Iran’s Missile Proliferation

September 21, 2018

On September 20, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook outlined U.S. concerns regarding Iran’s missile program. It “remains among the most significant challenges to broader nonproliferation efforts in the region and is an enduring threat to our allies and partners, including Israel,” he told an audience at the Hudson Institute in Washington. Hook argued that one of the 2015 nuclear deal’s main shortcomings was that it separated missile development from the nuclear issue.