- Mar 3, 2012
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- Burley, Idaho
Pardon?That report is out there because obama plans on making nice with the Eye-ranians just before the election.
Of course, America gets screwed, but Obama looks like a foreign policy genius just prior to the vote.
The fact is, the sanctions on Iran are killing them...
Just ask Asad.
We already know very well that the Iranian regime already exports terrorism, not only to Israels doorstep, but across the world, Clinton said. If we had a map I could put up there, I could show you what we track and plot on that map.
The evidence of terrorism, mostly, thankfully, plots foiled or unsuccessful, unfortunately, as in Bulgaria, some that succeeded, Clinton said. But those plots, those activities of Iran directly or through their agents, stretches from Mexico to Thailand.
Clinton said that the United States and other nations around the world should put a stop to Irans nuclear ambitions. America, Israel and the entire international community must prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, Clinton said, adding that President Barack Obama has made a commitment to that goal.
This years forum followed closely after the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza, as well U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clintons mission to the region last week and President Abbas upcoming bid for Palestinian statehood at the United Nations, the centers website states.
Hillary Clinton: Iran
See also:The latest Treasury Department action targets the petrochemical industry, Iran's second-highest source of revenue after oil production, which is also under sanctions. Treasury targeted eight companies under the authority of an executive order signed by President Barack Obama last year to stem the flow of money that can be diverted to Iran's nuclear program. Western powers believe Iran is aiming to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran says its intentions are peaceful. Obama's order put companies and other governments on notice the United States would eventually target Iran's petrochemical sector. Friday's action was the first enforcement of that aspect of the directive.
Treasury also sanctioned companies and individuals from Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates that lease and sell aircraft to two Iranian airlines the United States says is involved in illicit activities to fund and support Iran's elite Quds Force. The Quds Force has been implicated by the United States and other governments for its role in plotting or carrying out terrorist operations both in American and around the world. "Today's actions take aim at revenues from Iran's petrochemical sector, as well as deceptive schemes Iran has employed in an effort to evade sanctions on its oil sales and its airlines," David Cohen, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement.
Additional sanctions against companies in Cyprus and Ukraine were also announced for their role in helping Iran evade sanctions on its sale of petroleum as part of a clandestine effort to replenish its coffers. "We will continue to work with our partners around the world to ensure that the sanctions pressure on Iran builds so long as Iran continues to defy its obligation to comply with its international obligations," Cohen said.
Talks between the United States, and the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany and Iran that are aimed at getting Tehran to curtail its nuclear ambitions are currently stalemated. The Treasury also issued an order on Thursday that allows for the export of certain personal communications equipment from the United States to help Iranian citizens circumvent censorship and other efforts by the regime to stifle free speech. In a conference call with reporters on Friday, a senior Obama administration official highlighted what the United States sees as an "alarming trend" of Iran, and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, to expand destabilizing efforts in Syria and elsewhere.
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The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control issued a general license that allows for U.S. citizens to send more sophisticated communication gear not readily available to Iranian citizens within their country. It also serves as an effort to work around Iranian government censorship of communications, and allow for greater communication with people outside Iran.
The license would not extend to any aspect of the Iranian government, or to any individual or entity already sanctioned by the United States government. Specifically, the license allows for the export or re-export of certain mass market communication devices like smartphones, satellite phones and satellite dishes. It would also cover anti-virus software to better assist efforts to combat government attempts to place malware on personal computers as a form of censorship.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the State Department. "As the Iranian government attempts to silence its people by cutting off their communication with each other and the rest of the world, the United States will continue to take action to help the Iranian people exercise their universal human rights, including the right to freedom of expression," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
The State Department also imposed visa restrictions on nearly 60 Iranian government officials who it said have participated in human rights abuses of Iranian citizens. The officials include government ministers, a deputy chief of staff to Iran's supreme leader, officials from the military and intelligence sectors, as well as judiciary and prison officials. Thursday's actions expand on an initiative begun by the Obama administration in 2010 to expand Internet freedom in countries with a high degree of government supported censorship and repression.
U.S. lifts ban on phones, other electronics to Iranians ? CNN Security Clearance - CNN.com Blogs