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“While the regime’s decision to jail our diplomats has cast a 40-year shadow over our relations, the United States knows that the longest-suffering victims of the Iranian regime are the Iranian people. We wish nothing more for them than a future with a truly representative government and friendship with the American people.”

– Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, press statement, November 4


“The @realDonaldTrump Administration has made clear: the regime in Iran must release all missing and detained Americans, including @HelpBobLevinson, @FreeXiyueWang, @FreeTheNamazis, and others. We will not rest until they are reunited with their families.”

– Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Twitter, November 4

  • The regime continues to unjustly detain Americans and to support terrorist proxy groups like Hizballah that engage in hostage taking.
  • The Trump Administration has made clear that the regime in Iran must release all missing and unjustly detained Americans, including Robert Levinson, Xiyue Wang, Siamak Namazi, and others. We will not rest until they are reunited with their families.
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is advertising a new reward of up to $20 million for information leading to the safe location, recovery, and return of Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran over a decade ago with the involvement of the Iranian regime. Levinson, who has been missing since 2007, is the longest case of this kind in U.S. history.
  • Please see the press statement and Rewards for Justice  and for more information.


  • “Iran’s latest nuclear escalations reflect the regime’s intentions all along: to extort the international community into accepting its violence and terror while it undermines the sovereignty of its neighbors. Members of the international community who are rightly concerned with Iran’s latest attacks and provocations should imagine how Iran would behave with a nuclear weapon. The United States will never allow this to happen.”
  • “Iran’s expansion of proliferation-sensitive activities raises concerns that Iran is positioning itself to have the option of a rapid nuclear breakout. It is now time for all nations to reject this regime’s nuclear extortion and take serious steps to increase pressure. Iran’s continued and numerous nuclear provocations demand such action.”

– Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, press statement, November 7


“@USTreasury designated 9 Iranian regime officials representing the unelected Supreme Leader whose office advances destabilizing policies around the world. The action blocks funds from flowing to a shadow network of his military and foreign affairs advisors who support terrorism.”

State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, Twitter, November 4

  • The U.S. Department of the Treasury took action against nine appointees and one entity representating the office of Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime’s unelected Supreme Leader, whose office is responsible for advancing Iran’s radical agenda.
  • The designation seeks to block funds from flowing to a shadow network of Khamenei’s military and foreign affairs advisors who have oppressed the Iranian people, supported terrorism, and advanced destabilizing policies around the world for decades. The action specifically targets Ali Khamenei’s appointees in the Office of the Supreme Leader, the Expediency Council, the Armed Forces General Staff, and the Judiciary.
  • Two of the Supreme Leader’s appointees, who were sanctioned as part of this action have also been linked to the 1983 U.S. Marine barrack bombing in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. personnel and the 1994 bombing of Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA). As recently as October 2019, a representative of the Supreme Leader directly called on regional Iran-backed militias to capture Western embassies.
  • This action was taken pursuant to President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order (E.O.) 13876, signed on June 24, 2019. The E.O. imposed sanctions on the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Supreme Leader’s Office (SLO), and authorized sanctions on others associated with the Supreme Leader or the SLO. These actions complement Treasury’s previous additions of Supreme Leader Khamenei and the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, to OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List).
  • Please see the press statement and the Department of Treasury  for more information.

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