At the #UNSC today, I made clear that the U.S. will continue to act in concert with our allies and partners to bring stability and prosperity to the Middle East. By doing so, we will sustain the same things for the American people and our friends around the world.”

– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Twitter, August 20

IRANIAN VESSEL GRACE I

“A message to all mariners – if you crew an IRGC or other FTO-affiliated ship, you jeopardize future entry to the U.S.#NotWorthIt

– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Twitter, August 15

  • The United States assesses that the M/T Grace I, now renamed the Adrian Darya I, is assisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by transporting oil from Iran to Syria. This could result in serious consequences for any individuals associated with the Grace I.
  • The United States continues to work with its partners and allies and use all the tools at its disposal to deny Iran and its proxies the resources they need to engage in malign and destabilizing activities in Syria and elsewhere. This includes the full enforcement of U.S. sanctions with respect to Iran and the IRGC.
  • The maritime community should be aware that the U.S. government intends to revoke visas held by members of such crews.
  • Please see the full press statement for more information.

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR IRAN BRIAN HOOK BRIEFING AT FOREIGN PRESS CENTER

“We very much want to see a more peaceful and stable Middle East, and for a as long as Iran is moving illicit oil around the world to fund its terrorist operations, it’s important that we do something about it.”

– Special Rep for Iran Brian Hook, New York Foreign Press Center Briefing, August 20

  • Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook participated in a briefing with Foreign Press Center which corresponded with Secretary of State Pompeo’s participation at the UN Security Council discussion, hosted by the Polish Mission to the UN, on challenges to peace and security in the Middle East and the Administration’s support for multilateral solutions.
  • Please see Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook’s remarks for more information.

SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO AT UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL ON MIDDLE EAST PEACE AND SECURITY

“The Iranian regime is the greatest ongoing threat to peace and security in the region. At the #UNSC, I condemned its testing of advanced ballistic missile systems, support to proxies in the #MiddleEast, and inexcusable sabotage and seizure of commercial vessels in the Gulf.”

– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Twitter, August 20

  • Secretary Pompeo made remarks at the UN Security Council on August 20, 2019 on the challenges to peace and security in the Middle East, emphasizing the importance for greater cooperation in the Middle East.
  • Secretary Pompeo also met with Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz to identify the key challenges in the region and propose solutions, naming the greatest ongoing threat to peace and security in the region as the Islamic Republic of Iran.

COUNTDOWN TO TERROR CLOCK

“The @UN arms embargo on #Iran and the travel ban on Qasem Soleimani expire in October 2020. Our #CountdownToTerror clock is tracking how long until Iran is unleashed to create new global turmoil. We must not let this happen”

– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Twitter, August 20

  • At the UN, the Secretary reminded nations that the UN arms embargo on Iran and the UN travel ban on individuals – including General Soleimani – will expire next year in October. The Security Council has a role to play to ensure that the arms embargo on the world’s top sponsor of terrorism does not expire. On the State Department’s Iran online page, we have a countdown clock to the expiration date of the arms embargo and the travel ban.
  • Please see the Department of State website for more information.

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