“The President said we’re prepared to negotiate with no preconditions and sit down and talk about the terror activity, the missile program, the nuclear program as well. I hope that the Islamic Republic of Iran leadership, the ayatollah in particular, will take this opportunity to solve this in a way that is diplomatic.”
– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, July 19
USS BOXER DEFENSIVE ACTION
- On July 18, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz. A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew.
- Department of Defense Statement
STATE DEPARTMENT AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CO-HOST MEETING ON THE MARITIME SECURITY INITIATIVE
“The President’s made pretty clear that this is an international obligation to keep these waterways open, and we’re working diligently to build out a maritime security initiative – a broad range of countries participating in that.”
– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, July 17
- On July 19 the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense cohosted a discussion with members of the diplomatic corps about the Maritime Security Initiative which focused on safeguarding freedom of navigation and maritime security in the Middle East. Invitees included over 60 nations from Europe (including NATO Allies), Asia, and the Middle East, as well as select Latin American and African countries with shipping equities, as well as states with major import and export interests tied to the Gulf region.
- Please see the complete Media Note for more information.
TREASURY TARGETS SENIOR HIZBALLAH OPERATIVE FOR PERPETRATING AND PLOTTING TERRORIST ATTACKS IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE
- On July 19, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated a senior member of Hizballah’s External Security Organization (ESO), which is responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of terrorist attacks outside of Lebanon. Specifically, OFAC designated Salman Raouf Salman for acting for or on behalf of Hizballah. Salman was designated under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.
- Please see the Department of Treasury for more information.
REWARD OFFER FOR INFORMATION ON HIZBALLAH KEY LEADER SALMAN RAOUF SALMAN
- The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $7 million for information leading to the identification or location of Salman Raouf Salman, also known as Samuel Salman El Reda, a key leader of Hizballah.
- Please see the Media Note for more information.
TREASURY SANCTIONS GLOBAL IRANIAN NUCLEAR ENRICHMENT NETWORK
“As part of our maximum pressure campaign, the U.S. sanctioned a global network of companies and agents that procured materials for Iran’s nuclear program. The world’s leading sponsor of terrorism should not be enriching uranium.”
– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, July 18
- On July 18, The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against a network of front companies and agents involved in the procurement of sensitive materials for sanctioned elements of Iran’s nuclear program.
- The individuals and entities targeted are based in Iran, China, and Belgium and have acted as a procurement network for Iran’s Centrifuge Technology Company (TESA), which plays a crucial role in Iran’s uranium enrichment nuclear program through the production of centrifuges used in facilities belonging to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).
- Please see the full Press Statement and Department of Treasury for more information.
TREASURY SANCTIONS PERSONS ASSOCIATED WITH SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE AND CORRUPT ACTORS IN IRAQ
- On July 18, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated two militia figures, Rayan al-Kildani and Waad Qado, and two former Iraqi governors, Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan and Ahmed al-Jubouri, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and targets perpetrators of serious human rights abuse and corruption.
- Please see the Department of Treasury release for more information.
RESTRICTIONS ON IRANIAN DIPLOMAT TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES
“U.S. diplomats don’t roam around Tehran, so we don’t see any reason for Iranian diplomats to roam freely around New York City, either.”
“It’s absolutely appropriate that we provide Foreign Minister Zarif and his delegation with all the rights that they are due under the U.N. headquarters agreement, and nothing more than that.”
– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, July 14, 2019
- The United States takes its obligations as the host of the United Nations seriously. The U.S. intends to stick to its obligations.
- The Department of State imposes restrictions on the travel within the United States of all members (and their families) of the Permanent Missions of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, the People’s Republic of China, Russia, and Syria. The restrictions are slightly different for each of these individual missions and the conditions on travel are generally imposed pursuant to a determination under the Foreign Missions Act.
- We have tightened the restrictions on the movements of Iranian diplomats (and family members) assigned to the Permanent Mission of Iran at the United Nations and will implement the new restrictions consistently with our obligations under the UN Headquarters Agreement.
BAHRAIN MARITIME CONFERENCE
- Bahrain will host a working group meeting on maritime and aviation security later this year, as part of the follow-on process from the Warsaw Ministerial.