*_PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMPS NEW STRATEGY ON IRAN_*
"It is time for the entire world to join us in
demanding that Irans government end its pursuit of
death and destruction. President Donald J. Trump"
President Donald J. Trump, in consultation with his
national security team, has approved a new strategy
for Iran. It is the culmination of nine months of
deliberation with Congress and our allies on how to
best protect American security.
*"Core Elements of the Presidents New Iran
* The United States new Iran strategy focuses on
neutralizing the Government of Irans destabilizing
influence and constraining its aggression,
particularly its support for terrorism and
* We will revitalize our traditional alliances and
regional partnerships as bulwarks against Iranian
subversion and restore a more stable balance of
power in the region.
* We will work to deny the Iranian regime and
especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)
funding for its malign activities, and oppose IRGC
activities that extort the wealth of the Iranian
* We will counter threats to the United States and
our allies from ballistic missiles and other
* We will rally the international community to
condemn the IRGCs gross violations of human rights
and its unjust detention of American citizens and
other foreigners on specious charges.
* Most importantly, we will deny the Iranian regime
all paths to a nuclear weapon.
*"The Nature of the Iranian Regime under Supreme
For 28 years, Ali Khamenei has been Irans Supreme
Leader. Before that, he held the office of President
for 8 years. In that time, he has shaped the Iranian
regime in his image.
Khamenei and the IRGC have pursued a steady policy
of spreading a revolutionary ideology aimed at
undermining the international system and many states
by force and subversion. His main enemy and rallying
point has been and continues to be the United States
of America, which he calls the Great Satan.
Under Khamenei, Iran exports violence, destabilizes
its neighbors, and sponsors terrorism abroad. Within
Iran, under Khameneis rule the Iranian government
has oppressed its people, abusing their rights,
restricting their access to the internet and the
outside world, rigging elections, shooting student
protesters in the street, and imprisoning political
reformers like Mir Hussein Musavi and Mehdi Karroubi.
*"The Threats from the Iranian Regime"*
* The reckless behavior of the Iranian regime, and
the IRGC in particular, poses one of the most
dangerous threats to the interests of the United
States and to regional stability.
The Iranian regime has taken advantage of regional
conflicts and instability to aggressively expand its
regional influence and threaten its neighbors with
little domestic or international cost for its
This occurred most recently following the emergence
of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from
the vacuum created by the Obama administrations
ill-considered withdrawal from the region.
* The full range of the Iranian regimes malign
activities extends well beyond the nuclear threat it
o Ballistic missile development and proliferation;
o Material and financial support for terrorism and
o Support for the Assad regimes atrocities against
the Syrian people;
o Unrelenting hostility to Israel;
o Consistently threatening freedom of navigation,
especially in the strategically vital Persian Gulf;
o Cyber-attacks against the United States, Israel,
and Americas other allies and partners in the Middle
o Grievous human rights abuses; and
o Arbitrary detention of foreigners, including
United States citizens, on specious charges and
without due process.
*"The Need for a Comprehensive Strategy"*
* The previous Administrations myopic focus on Irans
nuclear program to the exclusion of the regimes many
other malign activities allowed Irans influence in
the region to reach a high-water mark.
* Over the last decade and a half, United States
policy has also consistently prioritized the
immediate threat of Sunni extremist organizations
over the longer-term threat of Iranian-backed
* In doing so, the United States has neglected Irans
steady expansion of proxy forces and terrorist
networks aimed at keeping its neighbors weak and
unstable in hopes of dominating the greater Middle
East. Recently, the Iranian regime has accelerated
the seeding of these networks with increasingly
destructive weapons as they try to establish a
bridge from Iran to Lebanon and Syria.
* The Trump Administration will not repeat these
* The Trump Administrations Iran policy will address
the totality of these threats from and malign
activities by the Government of Iran and will seek
to bring about a change in the Iranians regimes
* The Trump Administration will accomplish these
objectives through a strategy that neutralizes and
counters Iranian threats, particularly those posed
by the IRGC.
*"Countering the IRGC"*
Supreme Leader Khameneis primary tool and weapon in
remaking Iran into a rogue state has been the
hardline elements of the IRGC.
The IRGCs stated purpose is to subvert the
international order. The IRGCs power and influence
have grown over time, even as it has remained
unaccountable to the Iranian people, answering only
to Khamenei. It is hard to find a conflict or a
suffering people in the Middle East that the IRGCs
tentacles do _not_ touch.
* Unaccountable to Irans elected leaders or its
people, the IRGC has tried to gain control over
large portions of Irans economy and choke off
competition, all the while working to weaken and
undermine Irans neighbors and perpetuate the chaos
and instability in which it thrives.
* The IRGC has armed Bashar al Assad and guided his
butchering of his own people in Syria and has
cynically condoned his use of chemical weapons.
The IRGC has sought to undermine the fight against
ISIS with the influence of militant groups in Iraq
under the IRGC's control.
In Yemen, the IRGC has attempted to use the Houthis
as puppets to hide Irans role in using sophisticated
missiles and explosive boats to attack innocent
civilians in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab
Emirates, as well as to restrict freedom of
navigation in the Red Sea.
The IRGC has even threatened terrorist attacks right
here at home. Senior IRGC commanders plotted the
murder of Saudi Arabias Ambassador to the United
States, Adel Jubeir, on American soil in 2011. But
for exceptional work by our law enforcement and
intelligence officers to detect and disrupt this
egregious act, the IRGC would have conducted this
terrorist attack and assassination in our own
capital and would have killed not only a Saudi
Arabian diplomat, but a host of other innocent
bystanders at a popular restaurant in Washington,
* The IRGC, which repeatedly displays reckless
hostility and disregard for the laws and norms that
underpin the international order, threatens all
nations and the global economy.
* Our partners in the international community agree
with us that the IRGCs reckless behavior threatens
international peace and security. They agree that
the IRGC is fanning sectarianism and perpetuating
regional conflict. They agree that the IRGC is
engaged in corrupt economic practices that exploit
the Iranian people and suppress internal dissent,
human rights, and Irans economic prosperity.
* For all these reasons, we want to work with our
partners to constrain this dangerous organization,
for the benefit of international peace and security,
regional stability, and the Iranian people.
*"The Iranian Nuclear Program and the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action"*
* The Iranian regimes activities severely undercut
whatever positive contributions to regional and
international peace and security the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) sought to
* Even with regard to JCPOA itself, the Iranian
regime has displayed a disturbing pattern of
behavior, seeking to exploit loopholes and test the
international communitys resolve.
* Iranian military leaders have stated publicly that
they will refuse to allow International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections of their military
sites. These statements fly in the face of Irans
commitments under JCPOA and the Additional Protocol.
Not long ago these same organizations hid nuclear
facilities on military sites.
* This behavior cannot be tolerated; the deal must
be strictly enforced, and the IAEA must fully
utilize its inspection authorities.
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