#BREAKING
U.S. State Dept. @statedeptspox:
The U.S. stands with the Iranian people.
We call on all nations to support the Iranian people by not investing in Iran that supports the regime.
#BREAKING
U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook:
#Iran's regime must be pressed for its human rights violations.
The so-called moderates represent a regime that continues to repress Iranians on a daily basis.
Iran's regime must stop persecuting civil society.
#BREAKING
U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook:
#Iran's regime targets minorities.
Khomeini promised more freedom, more prosperity & an end to corruption.
This regime has failed for 39 years. The Iranian people know that.
We will continue to stand with the Iranian people.
U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook:
We will continue to take a comprehensive approach to all of 3Iran's destructive behaviors.
The purpose of Nov 4 sanctions is to deny the regime revenue to support terrorism beyond.
Destructive behavior is no longer in their favor.
U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook:
#Iran spent billions of dollars from the JCPOA on malign & destructive behavior.
We will enforce maximum economic pressure on Iran until they change their behavior.
The JCPOA is not legally binding & is only a plan.
Amb. Michael Kozak:
Many other countries agree with us about #Iran's human rights violations.

U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook:
Iran has not diminished its pace of missile tests since the JCPOA. Iran has continued its expansionist activities after the JCPOA.
U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook:
Abandoning the JCPOA free us to discuss #Iran's human rights violations.
Iran has exploited social media accounts to spread its lies. We will continuously call that out.
Interesting how Iran's regime bans social media inside Iran
#Hypocrisy
U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook:
We sanctioned the head of #Iran's judiciary.

Amb. Kozak:
Now we can talk about human rights in Iran with leverage behind it.
We are reminding businesses around the world about partnering with a regime that violates human rights.
U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook:
The longest suffering party under the Iranian regime has been #Iran's people.
This is a regime that has in its constitution the "export of revolution."
We have exemptions in our sanctions to provide for food, medicine & medical devices.
U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook:
Our diplomacy in #Syria is focused on a political track that ensures all forces under #Iran's control have left Syria.
Reconstruction assistance will be denied to Syria until Iran exits this country completely.
U.S. Special Envoy for Iran:
We will impose maximum economic pressure on #Iran's regime.
Sanctions will deny the regime revenue to conduct terrorism.
Human rights must not be separated from other issues.

Amb. Kozak:
We are focusing on a range of pressures against Iran's regime.

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Oct 9, 2018
#BREAKING
U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador.

My gut tells me an even bigger story will develop.

Rest assured #Iran's regime is terrified about who Trump/Pompeo will appoint as their new envoy.
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1)
Add this to the long list linking #Iran's regime with international terrorism.

This time, the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militant group of Somalia.

More reason why a firm policy is needed against Tehran.
#WalkAway
uk.reuters.com/article/somali…
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3)
"... domestic revenue generation by al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab 'is more geographically diversified and systematic' than that of Somalia’s federal government."
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#BREAKING
October 9
Shiraz, south-central #Iran
Stores are closed as the merchants' strike continues on this second day.
#IranStrikes

Store-owners in 50 cities launched this protest movement on Monday in solidarity with the truckers' nationwide strike.
#IranianTruckersOnStrike
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Fardis sector
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#IranStrikes
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Store-owners in this city are on strike again for this second consecutive day.
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This goes alongside the truckers' nationwide strike that has spread to over 310 cities now.
#IranProtests
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#IranProtests
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#Iran
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#BreakingNews
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Sources say "hardliners" are voicing threats about the signing of this bill.

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2)
#BreakingNews
"Regarding the FATF, should we commit suicide today by signing this bill because we're going to die in the future?" says Behrouz Nemati, a member of #Iran's Majlis (parliament).

Read more about Iran & the FATF here:
fatf-gafi.org/countries/#Iran
3)
"Hardliners in Iran’s parliament have opposed passing legislation toward compliance with FATF standards, arguing it could hamper Iranian financial support for allies such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which the US has classified as a terrorist organization."
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1)
#Iran's #FakeNews machine at work:

"It did not say where Zahedifar was arrested. In a video carried by state broadcaster IRIB, a blindfolded man who identified himself as Zahedifar denied he had fled Iran."
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2)
Here's the video.

#Iran
#FakeNews
3)
What a coincidence (!), all of this developing just "a week after Tehran sentenced three people to death in a drive against economic crimes."

#Iran
#FakeNews
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