Iran

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U.S.: Iranian regime ‘does not invest in its own people’

U.S. official Brian Hook explains how Iranian authorities prioritize funding their revolutionary ideology abroad over improving their domestic economy.
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Special Representative Hook’s message to Iran on water management [video]

In this video, U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook presents some of the devastating effects of Iran's mismanagement of water resources.
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Iranian regime persecutes love and happiness

Even the little joys of life are spoiled by Iranian officials. Learn how a marriage proposal and "happy" music earned only wrath from the hardliners.
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Impact of latest U.S. sanctions against Iran [infographic]

Learn more about the new U.S. sanctions against several Iranians for their involvement with Iran's nuclear proliferation program.
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Iran continues its crackdown on environmentalists

Land and wildlife conservationists are frequent targets of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and are tried in secretive revolutionary courts.
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‘Nowruz Mubarak!’ U.S. sends Persian New Year greetings [video]

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo send warm greetings to everyone celebrating Nowruz in the U.S. and around the world.
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Washington celebrates Nowruz, the Persian New Year

See how children and adults participated in traditional Persian New Year activities at the Smithsonian's 11th annual Nowruz celebration.
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U.S. outlines Iran’s cruelty in human rights

The latest Human Rights Report from the U.S. reveals the Iranian regime commits human-rights abuses as a routine matter of government policy.
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U.S. Human Rights Report: ‘Powerful’ catalyst for change

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are the State Department’s most-read publication. More than 1 million readers access it every year.