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United States: Sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior
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United States: Sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior

United States Places Global Magnitsky Sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior and Its Minister Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior (MININT) and Minister of Interior General Lazaro Alberto Álvarez Casas for their connection to serious human rights abuse under Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. MININT is designated for being responsible for, complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse.  As minister of MININT, Álvarez Casas is also designated for being or having been a leader or official of an entity, including any governmen...
US State Department: Sanctions on Iranian Arms Proliferation
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US State Department: Sanctions on Iranian Arms Proliferation

Imposing Sanctions on Iranian Entities for Activities Related to Conventional Arms Proliferation Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: Iranian conventional arms proliferation poses a persistent threat to regional and international security, as evidenced by Iran’s continued military support and confirmed arms transfers that fuel ongoing conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere. On September 21, we announced the implementation of Executive Order 13949 that provides the United States additional tools to hold accountable those actors who seek to abet Iran in supporting armed groups in the region with weapons and arms materiel.  The first designations under this authority included Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Ar...
Department of State: Designation of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism
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Department of State: Designation of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

Washington DC (STL.News) The US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo released the following statement: The State Department has designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbor to terrorists. The Trump Administration has been focused from the start on denying the Castro regime the resources it uses to oppress its people at home, and countering its malign interference in Venezuela and the rest of the Western Hemisphere. With this action, we will once again hold Cuba’s government accountable and send a clear message: the Castro regime must end its support for international terrorism and subversion of U.S. justice. For decades, the Cuban government has fed, housed, and provided medical care f...
Iran to US: Lift sanctions immediately
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Iran to US: Lift sanctions immediately

(STL.News) Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that Tehran is in no rush for the United States to rejoin the 2015 Nuclear Agreement.  He urged that sanctions imposed on Iran to be lifted. ? YouTube video provided courtesy of WION News
Sanctions on Iranian Entities Involved in Chemical Weapons Activities of Concern
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Sanctions on Iranian Entities Involved in Chemical Weapons Activities of Concern

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The United States condemns any Iranian regime involvement in a chemical weapons program and will sanction those involved in any such activity.  Today, the United States designated Iranian defense entity Shahid Meisami Group and its director, Mehran Babri, under Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or WMD delivery systems, and their supporters. Shahid Meisami Group was designated for being owned or controlled by the Iranian Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), which was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 in 2014.  As a part of SPND, Shahid Meisami Group engaged in activities raising concerns regarding Iran’s obligations under the...
Treasury Sanctions Network for Assisting Colombia’s Clan del Golfo Drug Trafficking Organization
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Treasury Sanctions Network for Assisting Colombia’s Clan del Golfo Drug Trafficking Organization

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Jhon Fredy Zapata Garzon (Zapata Garzon) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for materially assisting the international narcotics trafficking activities of the Clan del Golfo.  Three of his family members and associates are also being designated along with four businesses they own or control. “Criminal organizations trafficking cocaine and other drugs are a threat to the safety of the American people,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “Treasury will continue to use its authorities to identify and disrupt dangerous criminal organizations.” The President identified the Clan del Golfo, also known as Los Urabeños, as a significant...
United States threatens fresh sanctions against China
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United States threatens fresh sanctions against China

(STL.News) Hong Kong's pro-democracy opposition lawmakers said on Wednesday they would resign in protest against the dismissal of four of their colleagues from the city assembly after Beijing gave local authorities new powers to further curb dissent. ? YouTube video provided courtesy of WION News STL.News References: YouTube WION News
United States Sanctions Entities Related to Iran’s Petroleum Industry
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United States Sanctions Entities Related to Iran’s Petroleum Industry

Washington, DC (STL.News) Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: The United States will continue to prevent the Iranian regime from using the Iranian people’s natural resources to fund terror and support oppression.  Yesterday, the Department of State, Department of the Treasury, and Department of Justice have taken important actions to constrain the regime’s oil and petrochemical sales.  The Justice Department announced the filing of a complaint to seek the forfeiture of two shipments of Iranian missiles the U.S. Navy seized in transit from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to militant groups in Yemen, as well as the sale of approximately 1.1 million barrels of Iranian petroleum the U.S. previously took custody of from four foreign-flagged oil tank...
United States Sanctions Iranian Energy Institutions Supporting the IRGC-QF
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United States Sanctions Iranian Energy Institutions Supporting the IRGC-QF

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: Instead of using its natural resource wealth to improve living conditions for the Iranian people, the Iranian regime prefers to pawn its oil to fund the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and support its terror proxies as they sow chaos and destruction around the Middle East.  We will not let that happen. Today, pursuant to Executive Order 13224 (as amended) the United States is imposing sanctions on several Iranian government entities and state-owned enterprises involved in Iran’s energy sector that have provided financial support to the IRGC-QF.  We are also sanctioning several related individuals, entities, and vessels.  These include sanctions on Iran’s Ministry of Pe...
United States Sanctions Two Hizballah Officials
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United States Sanctions Two Hizballah Officials

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: The United States is designating two Hizballah officials to maintain pressure on the group and impede its ability to operate in the financial system.  The United States is designating Nabil Qaouk and Hassan Al-Baghdadi pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended, for being officials or leaders of Hizballah, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist.  Qaouk and Al-Baghdadi are members of Hizballah’s Central Council, a group of senior Hizballah officials that elects the terrorist group’s Shura Council, Hizballah’s highest decision-making body. Qaouk has also served on Hizballah’s Executive Council, which oversees the group’s social and economic...
United States Sanctions Russian Government Research Institution
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United States Sanctions Russian Government Research Institution

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: The United States remains steadfast in countering malign cyber activities by Russian actors on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation.  Today, we designated a Russian government research institution directly connected to the destructive and life-threatening Triton malware – also known as TRISIS and HatMan– pursuant to Section 224 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. The Triton malware was designed to specifically target and manipulate industrial safety systems.  Such systems provide for the safe emergency shutdown of industrial processes at critical infrastructure facilities in order to protect human life.  Today’s designation of the State Research Cente...
United States Sanctions 5 Iranian Entities & IRGC Cyber Actors for Interfering in Our Elections
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United States Sanctions 5 Iranian Entities & IRGC Cyber Actors for Interfering in Our Elections

United States Sanctions Five Iranian Entities and Watchlists IRGC Cyber Actors for Interfering in Our Elections WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: The United States will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections.  The whole of the U.S. government is using all the tools at our disposal to target those who attempt to interfere in our democratic process.  Yesterday’s action sanctions five Iranian entities pursuant to Executive Order 13848 for their efforts to spread disinformation and undermine our elections.  We are also adding several cyber actors to our terrorist watch list and databases for their known association with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization and ...
The United States Sanctions on Members of the Nicaragua
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The United States Sanctions on Members of the Nicaragua

The United States Sanctions a Member of the Nicaraguan Judiciary, Another Member of Ortega’s Inner Circle, and Another Entity Washingtion, DC (STL.News) The US Secretary Of State, Michael R. Pompeo released the following statement: Today, the U.S. Government imposed sanctions on Ana Julia Guido Ochoa (Guido), Paul Oquist Kelley (Oquist), and Caja Rural Nacional (Caruna), pursuant to Executive Order 13851 (“Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Nicaragua”).  These individuals and this entity enable and benefit from the corrupt and repressive activities of the Ortega regime in Nicaragua. Today’s designation of Guido and Oquist promotes accountability for the Ortega regime and those who are attempting to further its atrocious activities.  The designation of t...
US Department of State: Sanctions on Iran’s Financial Institutions
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US Department of State: Sanctions on Iran’s Financial Institutions

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Secretary Of State, Michael R. Pompeo released the following statement: Today, the United States is identifying the Iranian financial sector as subject to the terms of Executive Order (E.O.) 13902 and sanctioning 18 major Iranian banks, further depriving the Islamic Republic of Iran of funds to carry out its support for terrorist activities and nuclear extortion that threatens the world.  These sanctions will take effect following a 45-day wind down period.  This action includes imposing sanctions on 17 Iranian banks pursuant to E.O. 13902 for operating in Iran’s financial sector, or for being owned or controlled by sanctioned Iranian banks, and the designation of an additional Iranian military-affiliated bank pursuant to E.O. 13382, a counter-proliferatio...
US Department of State: Syria Sanctions Designations on Anniversary of Assad’s Attack
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US Department of State: Syria Sanctions Designations on Anniversary of Assad’s Attack

Syria Sanctions Designations on the Anniversary of Assad’s Attack Against the People of Armanaz, Syria Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Secretary Of State, Michael R. Pompeo released the following statement: Three years ago yesterday, on September 29, 2017, Assad regime forces, backed by Russia, killed at least 34 Syrians in the town of?Armanaz. Since then, thousands of Bashar al-Assad’s bombs have been dropped on schools, hospitals, and markets across Syria.  ?Too many lives have been lost in Assad’s futile search for a military conquest over his own people. Today, the United States is announcing 17 Syria sanctions designations as part of the Administration’s continuing campaign to achieve the goals of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019 and hold Assad and his enablers acco...
US Department of State: Human Rights-Related Listings & Sanctions on Iran
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US Department of State: Human Rights-Related Listings & Sanctions on Iran

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Secretary Of State, Michael R. Pompeo released the following statement: The Iranian regime must respect the human rights of the Iranian people.  Despite its obligations and commitments, the regime continues to subvert its justice system to fuel fear and repression.  The United States is committed to holding accountable those who are denying freedom and justice to the people of Iran, and today we are taking major new actions which support the Iranian people. Today, the United States sanctioned several Iranian officials and entities for gross violations of human rights.  Pursuant to Section 106 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA), I determined that Judge Seyyed Mahmoud Sadati, Judge Mohammad Soltani, Branch 1 of th...
US Department of State: Sanctions on Individuals Advancing Russia
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US Department of State: Sanctions on Individuals Advancing Russia

US Department of State: Imposing Sanctions on Entities and Individuals Advancing Russia’s Malign Influence Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Secretary Of State, Michael R. Pompeo released the following statement: Today, the United States imposed sanctions on a network connected to Russian operative Yevgeniy Prigozhin by targeting entities and individuals working on his behalf to advance Russia’s influence in the Central African Republic (CAR).  The United States is also targeting actors involved in supporting the activities of the Federal Security Service, also known as the FSB, for supporting previously designated persons’ attempts to evade U.S. sanctions. Prigozhin is the leader and financier of the Internet Research Agency, the Russian troll farm designated by the Department of the Tre...