The Return of UN Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran

20 Sep

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

The Trump Administration has always understood that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East comes from Islamic Republic of Iran, whose violent efforts to spread revolution have killed thousands and upended the lives of millions of innocent people. History shows appeasement only emboldens such regimes. Thus today, the United States welcomes the return of virtually all previously terminated UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror and anti-Semitism.

Sanctions are being re-imposed on Iran pursuant to the snapback process under UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 2231. On August 20, the United States notified the President of the Security Council of Iran’s significant non-performance of its JCPOA commitments. This notification triggered the 30-day process leading to the snapback of previously terminated UN sanctions, which became effective at 8pm Eastern Daylight Time on September 19. This means that starting today, all of the provisions of UNSCRs 1696, 1737, 1747, 1803, 1835, and 1929 that were terminated by UNSCR 2231 are back in effect. Furthermore, the measures contained in paragraphs 7, 8, and 16 to 20 of UNSCR 2231 are now terminated.

The United States took this decisive action because, in addition to Iran’s failure to perform its JCPOA commitments, the Security Council failed to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran, which had been in place for 13 years. The Security Council’s inaction would have paved the way for Iran to buy all manner of conventional weapons on October 18. Fortunately for the world, the United States took responsible action to stop this from happening. In accordance with our rights under UNSCR 2231, we initiated the snapback process to restore virtually all previously terminated UN sanctions, including the arms embargo. The world will be safer as a result.

The United States expects all UN Member States to fully comply with their obligations to implement these measures. In addition to the arms embargo, this includes restrictions such as the ban on Iran engaging in enrichment and reprocessing-related activities, the prohibition on ballistic missile testing and development by Iran, and sanctions on the transfer of nuclear- and missile-related technologies to Iran, among others. If UN Member States fail to fulfill their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is prepared to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences for those failures and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of UN-prohibited activity.

The return of sanctions today is a step toward international peace and security. The 2015 nuclear deal did not induce Iran to join “the community of nations” as promised. Instead, the mullahs took their newfound wealth and used it to foment death and destruction from Yemen to Iraq to Lebanon and Syria – a predictable outcome. Were it not for U.S. action to restore UN measures, the Iranian regime would soon be able to buy and sell weapons more freely across the globe. Because of the failures of the JCPOA, Iran is nearly five years closer to the expiration of restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment program and reprocessing-related activities, bringing it unacceptably close to a dangerous nuclear breakout capability. However, thanks to the snapback of UN sanctions, Iran is now obligated to suspend enrichment, reprocessing, and heavy-water-related activities. We will never let the world’s leading state sponsor of terror obtain the world’s most deadly weapon.

In the coming days, the United States will announce a range of additional measures to strengthen implementation of UN sanctions and hold violators accountable. Our maximum pressure campaign on the Iranian regime will continue until Iran reaches a comprehensive agreement with us to rein in its proliferation threats and stops spreading chaos, violence, and bloodshed.

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The United States Announces Additional Assistance to Respond to the Venezuela Crisis

19 Sep

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

The United States remains the largest single donor of humanitarian and development assistance around the world, including for Venezuelans in need, because doing our part to respond to global crisis situations is a national security priority.

The United States is demonstrating our continued commitment to the Venezuelan people and our response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by the corrupt and illegitimate Maduro regime with the announcement of an additional nearly $348 million in humanitarian assistance. This amount includes nearly $143 million from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, and more than $205 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development. This additional U.S. humanitarian assistance includes support to the more than seven million Venezuelans with critical needs inside Venezuela, the more than five million who have sought refuge in countries across the region, and the generous communities hosting them. This new funding now brings the total amount of U.S. humanitarian and development assistance toward the Venezuela crisis to more than $1.2 billion since 2017, excluding COVID-19 supplementary funding.

Many Venezuelans continue to struggle to meet their basic needs and U.S. assistance supports the well-being of forcibly displaced Venezuelans. U.S. humanitarian assistance provides access to emergency food, safe drinking water, direct cash assistance, sanitation, and hygiene support, health care, medical supplies, psychosocial support, livelihoods, and protection for vulnerable groups including women, youth, and indigenous people especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We appreciate the efforts of all donors who have committed resources to these life-saving initiatives and encourage both traditional and new donors to increase their efforts to help meet growing needs of crisis responses.

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DNC on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

19 Sep

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“Five years ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was asked in an interview, ‘When the time comes, what would you like to be remembered for?’ She replied, ‘Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability, and to help repair tears in her society.’ Throughout her extraordinary career, Ruth Bader Ginsburg did her very best to repair the tears in our society. She was a brilliant jurist, a fearless champion for justice, a trailblazer for countless women and girls, and a tireless advocate for the rights of those on society’s margins. With a sharp mind and even sharper wit, Justice Ginsburg changed our court and our country for the better. The Supreme Court has lost a giant today, and America has lost a hero. May her memory be a blessing, and may her family find solace in the prayers of a grateful nation.

“As we mourn this tragic loss, we also recognize the gravity of Justice Ginsburg’s position. There is now a vacancy at the U.S. Supreme Court, and it should be filled with a justice who embodies the same integrity, courage, and commitment to equality that Justice Ginsburg showed on the bench and throughout her life. As was Justice Ginsburg’s final wish, the American people deserve a voice in this decision. And they will make their voices heard in November.”

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DNC on Trump’s Puerto Rico Announcement: More Empty Promises

18 Sep

In response to the Trump administration’s politically motivated announcement regarding Puerto Rico, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Donald Trump has consistently treated Puerto Ricans as second-class citizens. His administration failed Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria made landfall and the people desperately needed help, and throughout the recovery process. I visited the island after Maria to bring supplies to those in need. And I witnessed the worst devastation I’ve seen in my life. But instead of showing leadership, Trump abandoned our fellow Americans when they needed us most. At every step, Trump has chosen to attack Puerto Rico and to disrespect the memory of the thousands who died because of his negligence. His administration has knowingly ignored laws and consistently treated Puerto Rico as a bargaining chip.

“Puerto Ricans will not be fooled by his empty promises — the deaths, the suffering, and the struggles Puerto Ricans still face are a constant reminder that Trump talks plenty but does very little. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have a comprehensive plan to help Puerto Rico rebuild and begin a new era of hope and prosperity; they will invest in recovery, not play games with disaster aid; they will provide more nutritional assistance and Medicaid funding, not slash them; and and they will treat Puerto Ricans with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

When Hurricane Maria hit, FEMA was unprepared and the administration showed a clear double standard in how it treated hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico versus other states. 

  • FEMA was unprepared for Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico and did not follow federal requirements to adequately prepare enough supplies before the storm.

  • The Trump administration held a persistent double standard in its handling of relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

After Hurricane Maria hit, Trump blamed Puerto Ricans and opposed providing the aid needed. Trump said he did a great job in relief, yet, as thousands died, he was preoccupied asking about selling Puerto Rico.  

  • Trump placed blame on Puerto Ricans in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation and opposed providing the aid they needed to recover.

  • An estimated 4,645 Puerto Ricans died because of Hurricane Maria and its effects, however, Trump gave himself “a 10” for his overall response.

  • In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Trump reportedly asked whether he could “sell” or “divest” from Puerto Rico.

In the years since, the Trump administration has knowingly ignored laws and stalled assistance, has refused to provide congressionally allocated assistance, and has slashed Medicaid funding for the island. All of this, while tens of thousands live under tarps. 

  • The Trump administration knowingly ignored laws and and have further stalled congressionally mandated aid to Puerto Rico.

  • Trump’s reckless government shutdown over his border wall delayed the distribution of hurricane recovery aid for Puerto Rico.

  • Last year, Trump slashed Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico as part of his budget negotiations.

  • On the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall, tens of thousands of homes in Puerto Rico continue to be uninhabitable, with many still living with tarps for roofs.

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DNC Launches Print Ad Campaign Mobilizing Black Voters In South Florida

18 Sep

Marking The First National Black Voter Day, Westside Gazette Ad Highlights Impacts Of Trump’s Failures On Black Floridians’ Jobs And Lives

On the first National Black Voter Day, the Democratic National Committee is launching a full-page print ad in Fort Lauderdale’s Westside Gazette calling out Donald Trump’s failed pandemic response and directing readers to IWillVote.com — the DNC’s newly updated voter participation website.

“Donald Trump didn’t tell Floridians the truth about the coronavirus, he’s been totally incompetent and ineffective in responding to this crisis, and now working families — especially Black Floridians — are paying the price,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “Over the last four years, communities of color have borne the brunt of Trump’s broken promises, and now because of his failures the coronavirus is costing too many Black families their lives and livelihoods. Voters will hold him accountable, and through resources like the IWillVote.com website, Democrats are making sure they have the information they’ll need to make a plan to vote Trump out of office.”

“We cannot afford another four years of Donald Trump’s chaotic presidency and the DNC is not taking nothing for granted this November,” said DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins. “We are making the much needed investments in Black communities across the country to ensure every voter is able to make themselves heard at the ballot box.”

This week, the Biden campaign and Democratic National Committee announced new features on IWillVote.com that help voters easily request and return their ballot by mail, as well as learn important information about the voting process in their state as they make their plan to vote.

The ads highlight Trump’s infamous comments during the 2016 campaign to African American voters — “What do you have to lose?” — and will run for one week.

 

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DNC Launches Print Ad Campaign Mobilizing Black Voters In Detroit

18 Sep

Marking The First National Black Voter Day, Michigan Chronicle Ad Highlights Impacts Of Trump’s Failures On Black Michiganders’ Jobs And Lives

On the first National Black Voter Day, the Democratic National Committee is launching a full-page print ad in Detroit’s Michigan Chronicle calling out Donald Trump’s failed pandemic response and directing readers to IWillVote.com — the DNC’s newly updated voter participation website.

“Donald Trump didn’t tell Michiganders the truth about the coronavirus, he’s been totally incompetent and ineffective in responding to this crisis, and now working families — especially Black Michiganders — are paying the price,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “Over the last four years, communities of color have borne the brunt of Trump’s broken promises, and now because of his failures the coronavirus is costing too many Black families their lives and livelihoods. Voters will hold him accountable, and through resources like the IWillVote.com website, Democrats are making sure they have the information they’ll need to make a plan to vote Trump out of office.”

“We cannot afford another four years of Donald Trump’s chaotic presidency and the DNC is not taking nothing for granted this November,” said DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins. “We are making the much needed investments in Black communities across the country to ensure every voter is able to make themselves heard at the ballot box.”

This week, the Biden campaign and Democratic National Committee announced new features on IWillVote.com that help voters easily request and return their ballot by mail, as well as learn important information about the voting process in their state as they make their plan to vote.

The ads highlight Trump’s infamous comments during the 2016 campaign to African American voters — “What do you have to lose?” — and will run for one week.

 

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DNC Launches Print Ad Campaign Mobilizing Black Voters In Charlotte

18 Sep

Marking The First National Black Voter Day, Charlotte Post Ad Highlights Impacts Of Trump’s Failures On Black North Carolinians’ Jobs And Lives

On the first National Black Voter Day, the Democratic National Committee is launching a full-page print ad in the Charlotte Post calling out Donald Trump’s failed pandemic response and directing readers to IWillVote.com — the DNC’s newly updated voter participation website.

“Donald Trump didn’t tell North Carolinians the truth about the coronavirus, he’s been totally incompetent and ineffective in responding to this crisis, and now working families — especially Black North Carolinians — are paying the price,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “Over the last four years, communities of color have borne the brunt of Trump’s broken promises, and now because of his failures the coronavirus is costing too many Black families their lives and livelihoods. Voters will hold him accountable, and through resources like the IWillVote.com website, Democrats are making sure they have the information they’ll need to make a plan to vote Trump out of office.”

“We cannot afford another four years of Donald Trump’s chaotic presidency and the DNC is not taking nothing for granted this November,” said DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins. “We are making the much needed investments in Black communities across the country to ensure every voter is able to make themselves heard at the ballot box.”

This week, the Biden campaign and Democratic National Committee announced new features on IWillVote.com that help voters easily request and return their ballot by mail, as well as learn important information about the voting process in their state as they make their plan to vote.

The ads highlight Trump’s infamous comments during the 2016 campaign to African American voters — “What do you have to lose?” — and will run for one week.

 

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DNC Launches Print Ad Campaign Mobilizing Black Voters In Milwaukee

18 Sep

Marking The First National Black Voter Day, Milwaukee Community Journal Ad Highlights Impacts Of Trump’s Failures On Black Wisconsinites’ Jobs And Lives

On the first National Black Voter Day, the Democratic National Committee is launching a full-page print ad in the Milwaukee Community Journal calling out Donald Trump’s failed pandemic response and directing readers to IWillVote.com — the DNC’s newly updated voter participation website.

“Donald Trump didn’t tell Wisconsinites the truth about the coronavirus, he’s been totally incompetent and ineffective in responding to this crisis, and now working families — especially Black Wisconsinites — are paying the price,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “Over the last four years, communities of color have borne the brunt of Trump’s broken promises, and now because of his failures the coronavirus is costing too many Black families their lives and livelihoods. Voters will hold him accountable, and through resources like the IWillVote.com website, Democrats are making sure they have the information they’ll need to make a plan to vote Trump out of office.”

“We cannot afford another four years of Donald Trump’s chaotic presidency and the DNC is not taking nothing for granted this November,” said DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins. “We are making the much needed investments in Black communities across the country to ensure every voter is able to make themselves heard at the ballot box.”

This week, the Biden campaign and Democratic National Committee announced new features on IWillVote.com that help voters easily request and return their ballot by mail, as well as learn important information about the voting process in their state as they make their plan to vote.

The ads highlight Trump’s infamous comments during the 2016 campaign to African American voters — “What do you have to lose?” — and will run for one week.

 

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