President Donald J. Trump Is Reimposing All Sanctions Lifted Under the Unacceptable Iran Deal

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 2, 2018 “The United States has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda.” – President Donald J. Trump REIMPOSING ALL SANCTIONS: President Donald J. Trump is reimposing the toughest sanctions ever ...
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Remarks by President Trump on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans: Today, I want to update the world on our efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies and militias such as Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, ...
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Treasury Designates Russian Oligarchs, Officials, and Entities in Response to Worldwide Malign Activity

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), in consultation with the Department of State, today designated seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control, 17 senior Russian government officials, and a state-owned Russian weapons trading company and its subsidiary, a Russian bank.
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Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan at the Ukraine’s MFA Diplomatic Academy

Good afternoon. It is an honor to be here in Ukraine, in Kyiv, and in particular, to be joined by so many students. It’s great to see you all here today. Thank you to the Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Academy Dr. Natalia Shulga, and to the Deputy Foreign Minister Sergiy Kyslytsya, and to the ...
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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

"The Assad regime has become a front for Iran, Hezbollah, and their allies to advance the irresponsible and dangerous agenda for the Middle East. On every front of this conflict, we find fighters imported by Iran from Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan. When we see the Assad regime starving civilians in eastern Ghouta or pummeling schools ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” – President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is ...
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Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem

In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act, urging the federal government to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that that city -- and so importantly -- is Israel’s capital. This act passed Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority and was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ...
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Under Secretary Shannon’s Meeting With Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

Following the recent meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany, and multiple bilateral senior-level engagements, Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. met his Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov Monday to continue discussing areas of mutual concern. The conversation was tough, forthright, and deliberate, reflecting both parties’ commitment to a resolution. ...
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On the Record Statement by Spokesperson Heather Nauert: U.S.-Russia Relations

We regret that Russia has decided to turn away from an opportunity to discuss bilateral obstacles that hinder U.S.-Russia relations. During the Secretary’s April visit to Moscow, he and Foreign Minister Lavrov agreed to establish a senior-level working group to discuss bilateral issues of concern. Undersecretary Shannon had planned to travel to St. Petersburg this ...
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Embassy Statement on the Reinforcing of Existing Sanctions

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) yesterday reinforced existing sanctions on Russia by designating or identifying a range of individuals and entities related to Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine and occupation of Crimea.  The action was designed to counter attempts to circumvent our sanctions, and to maintain alignment of ...
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On-the-Record-Briefing: Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones on Syria

Special Briefing Stuart Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Washington, DC May 15, 2017 MS NAUERT: Good morning, everyone. QUESTION: Good morning. MS NAUERT: It’s great to see you. Thanks, everyone, for assembling here so quickly today. Welcome to the State Department. We asked you here to provide you with some new information ...
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Joint Statement by Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis, Director Coats on DPRK’s weapons programs

Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats   Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 26, 2017 Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests. With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Press Availability

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon, all. The Trump administration is currently conducting across the entire government a review of our Iran policy. Today I’d like to address Iran’s alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence, destabilizing more than one country at a time. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and is ...
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Iran Continues To Sponsor Terrorism. Press Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

"Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods. President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the ...
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The 30th Anniversary of the Missile Technology Control Regime. Statement by Acting Spokesperson Toner

Thirty years ago on April 16, 1987, the United States and its G-7 partners (Canada, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom) announced the formation of the MTCR. The focus of this partnership is to restrict the transfer of missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction and related technologies. ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley Chairs Historic UN Security Council Thematic Debate on Human Rights

As president of the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, chaired a thematic debate on human rights. The debate marked the first time the Security Council held a meeting dedicated exclusively to human rights and its link to international peace and security, giving Security Council members the ...
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Statement from U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Reports of Detentions and Killings in Chechnya

"We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association. If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored – Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses..."
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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Moscow, Russia April 12, 2017 FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Good evening. This has been a long day. We have had talks with State Secretary of the U.S. Rex Tillerson. Right now, we have had a long conversation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. It has lasted ...
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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Osobnyak Guest House Moscow, Russia April 12, 2017 FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via translation) Addressed to media: Who was bringing you up? Who was giving you your manners? Addressed to U.S. delegation: Mr. Secretary of State, dear colleagues. We met in Bonn on February 16, where I told you about ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks at a Press Availability in Italy

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Lucca, Italy April 11, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Good morning.  I’ve got a statement.  I want to share it first, and then I’m happy to take a couple of questions.  Last week, Bashar al-Assad’s regime killed even more of its own people using chemical weapons.  Our missile strike ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Interview With George Stephanopoulos of ABC This Week

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State West Palm Beach, Florida April 9, 2017   QUESTION: So what will President Trump do now? Will Thursday’s strike be followed by a new strategy to remove Assad from power? That was my first question for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his first interview on This Week. ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Interview With John Dickerson of CBS Face the Nation

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State West Palm Beach, Florida April 9, 2017   QUESTION: We want to welcome Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the broadcast. Mr. Secretary, thank you for being with us. As a start, what message was being sent to the Syrian leader with the U.S. military action? SECRETARY TILLERSON: ...
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Briefing on President Trump’s Meetings with President Xi of China

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 07, 2017  Briefing by Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mnuchin, and Secretary Ross on President Trump’s Meetings with President Xi of China Tideline Resort and Spa Palm Beach, Florida 3:58 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Hi, guys.  So this is being streamed back to both the ...
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Statement on Attacks in Egypt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 9, 2017   The United States condemns in the strongest terms the barbaric attacks on Christian places of worship in Tanta and Alexandria that killed dozens of innocent people and injured many more on this holy day of Palm Sunday. We express our condolences to the ...
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The United States Concerned by Reports of Detentions and Deaths of LGBTI Individuals in Chechnya

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 7, 2017 We are increasingly concerned about the situation in the Republic of Chechnya, where there have been numerous credible reports indicating the detention of at least 100 men on the basis of their sexual orientation. Some reports indicate many of those arrested have been tortured, ...
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United States Condemns Illegitimate Elections and Referenda in Georgia’s Occupied Territories

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 7, 2017   The United States condemns the decision to hold a referendum on April 9 regarding the amendment of South Ossetia’s constitutional name to the Republic of South Ossetia-Alania. We also condemn and do not recognize the results of the illegitimate elections conducted in Abkhazia ...
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The United States Condemns the Terrorist Attack in Stockholm, Sweden

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 7, 2017 The United States strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack on the heart of Stockholm, Sweden. We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed and our hope for a full recovery to those who were injured. Attacks like this are ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Syria

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 6, 2017 Palm Beach, Florida Remarks Secretary of State Rex Tillerson   SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Good evening, all.  I particularly want to try to just give you a little bit of background on how we got to the statements by the President and the ...
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Statement from Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis on U.S. strike in Syria

IMMEDIATE RELEASE        No. NR-126-17 April 6, 2017 Statement from Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis on U.S. strike in Syria At the direction of the president, U.S. forces conducted a cruise missile strike against a Syrian Air Force airfield today at about 8:40 p.m. EDT (4:40 a.m., April 7, in Syria).  The strike targeted Shayrat Airfield ...
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Statement by President Trump on Syria

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release         April 6, 2017   STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON SYRIA Mar-a-Lago, Florida 9:40 P.M. EDT   THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out ...
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Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun in Moscow

Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun meets with Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov in Moscow On April 5, Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun met with Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov in Moscow to discuss North Korea and the threat its nuclear and ballistic missile programs pose to global security.  The conversation was ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

The United States strongly condemns the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, the third allegation of the use of such weapons in the past month alone. There are reports of dozens dead, including many children. While we continue to monitor the terrible situation, it is clear that this is how Bashar al-Assad operates: with brutal, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador John Tefft at the IV Arctic Forum: Territory of Dialogue

Good morning distinguished heads of state, officials, ladies and gentlemen. I want to thank the Russian State Commission on the Arctic for organizing this conference and for inviting me to address you as the United States representative. I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak to you about one of the great challenges of ...
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Statement by Acting Spokesperson Toner on the the detention of peaceful protesters throughout Russia on Sunday

"The United States strongly condemns the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters throughout #Russia on Sunday. Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values. We were troubled to hear of the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny upon arrival at the demonstration, as well as the police raids ...
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The Global Coalition – Working to Defeat ISIS

Since its formation in 2014, the Global Coalition has worked diligently to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands. Coalition members are united in common cause to defeat ISIS through a robust approach, including working by, with, and through local partners for military operations; supporting the stabilization of territory liberated from ...
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Statement by Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 The following is the text of a statement by the Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS. Begin text: 1. Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition met in Washington today at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ...
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U.S. Charges Russian FSB Officers and Their Criminal Conspirators for Hacking

A grand jury in the Northern District of California has indicted four defendants, including two officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), for computer hacking, economic espionage and other criminal offenses in connection with a conspiracy, beginning in January 2014, to access Yahoo’s network and the contents of webmail accounts. The defendants are Dmitry ...
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U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Haley on the Anniversary of the Syrian Civil War

Ambassador Nikki Haley: "Today marks the beginning of the seventh horrific year of the Syrian crisis. Syria’s people are suffering some of the worst forms of cruelty imaginable: air strikes, barrel bombs, sniper fire, chemical weapons attacks targeting civilians, and denial of access to food and water. The conflict has killed hundreds of thousands of ...
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Statement by Acting Spokesperson Toner on the Third Anniversary of Russia’s Crimean “Referendum”

Statement by Mark Toner, Acting State Department Spokesperson: "Three years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. The United States does not recognize Russia's “referendum” of March 16, 2014, nor its attempted annexation ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on the President’s Executive Order Signed Today

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Ronald Reagan Building Washington, DC March 6, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Hello. Good morning and thank you for joining us. The executive order signed by the President earlier today, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a vital measure for strengthening our national security. It ...
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Just the facts: The State Department’s annual human rights reports

The annual  Country Reports on Human Rights Practices  are the State Department’s most-read publication by far. Over 1 million readers access them online every year. And, says Michael Kozak, a senior adviser in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, those readers can sort the accompanying  online database  by country or by issue, like the human rights of women or ...
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Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security

Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits, Ensuring Enforcement of All Laws for Entry into the United States, and Increasing Transparency among Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government and for the American People.
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Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at the Munich Security Conference

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President ___________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                          February 18, 2017   REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AT THE MUNICH SECURITY CONFERENCE     THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, I bring greetings on behalf of the 45th President of ...
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Official Statement on Russian Federation violations of INF Treaty Obligations

Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State: “We do not comment on intelligence matters. The United States takes seriously its international commitments and arms control obligations.   As detailed most recently in the 2016 Compliance Report, the Russian Federation remains in violation of its INF Treaty obligations not to possess, produce, or flight-test a ground-launched ...
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Full Text: Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley: Remarks to the United Nations Security Council on Ukraine

Ambassador Nikki Haley, speaking to the United Nations Security Council on February 2, 2017 “The dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions…The United States stands with the people of Ukraine, who have suffered for nearly three years under Russian occupation and military intervention. Until Russia and ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Russian President Vladimir Putin

President Donald J. Trump received a congratulatory call today from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The call lasted approximately one hour and ranged in topics from mutual cooperation in defeating ISIS to efforts in working together to achieve more peace throughout the world including Syria. The positive call was a significant start to improving the relationship ...
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Annual Report on the Implementation of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC January 9, 2017 Today the State Department submitted to Congress, as required by the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, the fourth annual report on the U.S. Government’s actions to implement the Act. As part of this report, the State Department, ...
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