US Ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna Joseph Macmanus briefs the press today during the IAEA Board of Governors meeting. You can access the U.S. national statements made during the meeting here.

US Ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna Joseph Macmanus briefs the press today during the IAEA Board of Governors meeting. You can access the U.S. national statements made during the meeting here.

"While Iran has begun to shift its rhetoric on human rights, the United States remains deeply concerned that Iran continues to suppress free expression and civil society, harass members of its ethnic and religious minority populations, and imprison human rights defenders and journalists on politically-motivated charges."
- Paula Schriefer, Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 25th Human Rights Council, Geneva, March 17, 2014
"There is only one measure of success of a comprehensive agreement with Iran, and that is if an agreement means that Iran will never obtain a nuclear weapon and that the international community will have assurance in the exclusively peaceful nature of a nuclear program in Iran. That is our objective. We have begun very tough negotiations that will go on through July. We hope to get to a successful end and to a comprehensive agreement at that time. We have set a framework and a timetable for the negotiations."
- Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman’s remarks on Iran (Feb 22)
U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors

This week is an important milestone in the international community’s efforts to resolve concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program.  On Monday, January 20, implementation of the Joint Plan of Action began.  This marks the first time in a decade that Iran has committed to take specific steps that halt progress on its nuclear program and roll back key parts of that program.”

Today, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Dean Pittman discussed U.S. goals and priorities for the 68th UN General Assembly. In closing his speech, he said, ”We live in a complex, interconnected world in which power is increasingly diffused. Nonstate actors are more influential than ever, youth voices are finding new amplification, and a number of countries are emerging as centers of influence with aspirations to global leadership. These truths do not, however, diminish the need for American leadership on the global stage, but instead reinforce its crucial importance. We do ourselves no favors by dismissing the United Nations as antiquated or ineffective, or threatening to decapitate an institution we played such a key role in building and continue to play in reforming its bodies to improve effectiveness. Our continued, robust leadership at the UN not only safeguards many of our core interests, it also promotes the living vision of an international gathering place sustained for the benefit of all nations and people.” See What Else he Said HERE

Today, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Dean Pittman discussed U.S. goals and priorities for the 68th UN General Assembly. In closing his speech, he said, We live in a complex, interconnected world in which power is increasingly diffused. Nonstate actors are more influential than ever, youth voices are finding new amplification, and a number of countries are emerging as centers of influence with aspirations to global leadership. These truths do not, however, diminish the need for American leadership on the global stage, but instead reinforce its crucial importance. We do ourselves no favors by dismissing the United Nations as antiquated or ineffective, or threatening to decapitate an institution we played such a key role in building and continue to play in reforming its bodies to improve effectiveness. Our continued, robust leadership at the UN not only safeguards many of our core interests, it also promotes the living vision of an international gathering place sustained for the benefit of all nations and people.” See What Else he Said HERE

[Video] The United States holds Presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of July

U.S. Highlights Countries of Particular Concern on Human Rights

The United States remains deeply concerned about deplorable human rights situations, especially in Syria, Iran, the DPRK, and Sudan.We deplore these countries’ targeted attacks against civilians—including, in the case of Syria, the regime’s use of advanced weaponry against civilians.  Also of concern are their restrictions on religious freedom, freedoms of expression and assembly, and persecution of human rights lawyers and activists and their families.  We call on all countries to not forcibly return those seeking to escape human rights violations in DPRK.  We also highlight these countries of concern:

  • China
  • Cuba
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • The Middle East
  • Uzbekistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Sri Lanka
Zhila Bani-Yaghoub is editor of the “Focus on Iranian Women” website. She was summoned in November 2012 to begin serving a one-year sentence at Evin Prison on charges of “spreading propaganda against the system” and “insulting the president” for articles she wrote during the 2009 presidential election. Ms. Bani-Yaghboub was also banned from practicing journalism for 30 years. She had previously been tried and acquitted on similar charges three previous times since 2009. Learn More

Zhila Bani-Yaghoub is editor of the “Focus on Iranian Women” website. She was summoned in November 2012 to begin serving a one-year sentence at Evin Prison on charges of “spreading propaganda against the system” and “insulting the president” for articles she wrote during the 2009 presidential election. 

Ms. Bani-Yaghboub was also banned from practicing journalism for 30 years. She had previously been tried and acquitted on similar charges three previous times since 2009. Learn More

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"As a new spring begins, I remain hopeful that our two countries can move beyond tension." - President Barack Obama in Nowruz message to the people and leaders of Iran

Watch the full video message

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Paula Schriefer, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of State speaks to a group at Belvedere House, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin.

See DAS Schriefer’s bio: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/190784

"the terrorist attacks in the desert of Algeria, the threat posed by Iran and its nuclear program, the internal challenges with which Arab societies today are grappling to make their governments more democratic and more responsive to the needs of their people, all make the Middle East a region that must command our enduring attention and active engagement…"
- Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, At a Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East, January 23, 2013
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