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September 6, 2019: In case you forgot, the State Department reminds you…

“It’s important that we not lose sight of the big picture. Sanctions on Iran are designed to deny the regime revenue to fund its foreign operations and to bring it back to the negotiating table to reach a new and comprehensive deal.”

– Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor Hook, Briefing Remarks, September 4


“Maximum Pressure continues. Today: sanctions on IRGC-QF shipping network. The Iranian regime funds the murderous Assad and terrorist proxies like Hizballah through its illicit oil sales. We’ll continue to deny Iran the resources it needs to destabilize the Middle East.”

– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Twitter, September 4

  • On August 30th, the Department of the Treasury took action against the Adrian Darya 1, and designated its captain, Kumar Akhilesh for acting for or on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) Shipping Network under E.O. 13224.  Since the vessel’s mid-August release from detention in Gibraltar, Kumar Akhilesh has assumed the role of captain. He is now a designated individual and will suffer significant negative consequences.

  • Please see the Press Statement and the Department of Treasury for more information.

  • On September 4th, the United States designated 16 entities and 10 individuals and identified 11 vessels that are part of a large shipping network enabling the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, to sell illicit oil for the benefit of the brutal Assad regime, Hizballah, and other terrorist actors.

  • Please see the Press Statement and the Department of Treasury for more information.

  • The sanctioned individuals and entities will be denied access to the U.S. financial system and listed as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.  In addition, a freeze will be placed on any U.S. assets.  Non-U.S. persons who knowingly provide significant goods, services, or support to the individuals and entities designated today may themselves face sanctions consequences.

  • These designations highlight the Iranian regime’s use of deceptive tactics to sell its oil.  The maritime community must do its diligence to ensure it does not fund Iran-backed terrorism.  The United States will continue to work with our allies to deny Iran the resources it uses to fund terrorist proxies and destabilize the Middle East.


“For the 1st time, the US has sanctioned Iran’s civilian space agency, which develops the same space launch vehicle technology used in ballistic missiles. We call on our allies to join us in deterring the world’s top sponsor of terrorism from growing its ballistic missile program.”

– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Twitter, September 3

  • On September 3rd, the Department of State designated the Iran Space Agency and two of its research institutes under Executive Order (E.O.) 13382 for engaging in proliferation-sensitive activities. This is the first time the United States is designating Iran’s civilian space agency for activities that could advance its ballistic missile program.

  • The United States will not allow Iran to use its space launch program as cover to advance its ballistic missile programs. Iran’s August 29 attempt to launch a space launch vehicle underscores the urgency of the threat. These designations should serve as a warning to the international scientific community that collaborating with Iran’s space program could contribute to Tehran’s ability to develop ballistic missiles.

  • Please see the Press Statement and Fact Sheet for more information.


“The @StateDept’s @Rewards4Justice program is offering a reward of up to $15 million for information that disrupts the financial mechanisms of Iran’s IRGC. It’s the first time the U.S. has taken such action against another gov’t entity based on their terrorist activities.”

– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Twitter, September 5

  • Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook announced that the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) is offering a reward of up to $15 million for information leading to the disruption of the financial mechanisms of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its branches, including the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF).  This includes seeking information on the IRGC’s illicit oil sales, including via oil tankers like the Adrian Darya.

  • More information about this reward offer is located on the Rewards for Justice website at We encourage anyone with information on the financial mechanisms of the IRGC to contact RFJ via the website, e-mail at, or the Regional Security Officer at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  All information will be kept strictly confidential.

  • Please see the Media Note and Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook’s remarks for more information.


“Iran announced it will violate all limits on nuclear research and development. The fact that Iran retains massive uranium enrichment capacity reveals a core weakness of the Iran deal.”

– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Twitter, September 6

  • Iran’s announcement that it will no longer observe the R&D limits it committed to in the JCPOA and instead take new steps regarding advanced centrifuge R&D is the latest in a series of transparent attempts to generate negotiating leverage and extort the international community.

  • There is no reason for Iran to expand its proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities other than to engage in brinkmanship with the international community. These tactics will not work.

  • We have made clear that the regime’s political and economic isolation will only deepen if it takes further steps that increase concerns about its nuclear program.


State Department Fact Sheet

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