Part 1: U.S. Sanctions Supreme Leader

June 24, 2019

On June 24, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order imposing sanctions on the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “The Supreme Leader of Iran is one who ultimately is responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime. He is respected within his country. His office oversees the regime’s most brutal instruments,” said Trump. The designation was a significant escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran. 

But Trump also held out the prospect of diplomacy. “America is a peace-loving nation. We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country. I look forward to the day when sanctions can be finally lifted and Iran can become a peaceful, prosperous, and productive nation. That can go very quickly; it can be tomorrow. It can also be in years from now,” he said. “So I look forward to discussing whatever I have to discuss with anybody that wants to speak.”

After Trump signed the Executive Order, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced sanctions on eight senior commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). He said the move would lock up billions of dollars in Iranian assets and affect others in the chain of command. Mnuchin charged that the commanders “are responsible for the Iranian regime’s provocative attacks orchestrated in internationally recognized waters and airspace, as well as Iran’s malign activities in Syria.” Mnuchin added that the Treasury was preparing to designate Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif later in the week. The announcements followed the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone by Iran on June 20 and attacks on tankers in May and June that Washington attributed to Iranian forces. 

The following are statements and press releases followed by the full text of the Executive Order.  

 

Remarks by President Donald Trump

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, thank you very much.  In a few moments, I’ll be signing an executive order imposing hard-hitting sanctions on the Supreme Leader of Iran and the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran, and many others.

Today’s action follows a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks, including shooting down of U.S. drones.  They shot down the drone.  It’s -- I guess everyone saw that one.  And many other things.  They’ve done many other things aside from the individual drone.  You saw the tankers, and we know of other things that were done also, which were not good and not appropriate.

The Supreme Leader of Iran is one who ultimately is responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime.  He’s respected within his country.  His office oversees the regime’s most brutal instruments, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Sanctions imposed through the executive order that I’m about to sign will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader’s Office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support.  The assets of Ayatollah Khamenei and his office will not be spared from the sanctions.

These measures represent a strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions.  We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran until the regime abandons its dangerous activities and its aspirations, including the pursuit of nuclear weapons, increased enrichment of uranium, development of ballistic missiles, engagement in and support for terrorism, fueling of foreign conflicts, and belligerent acts directed against the United States and its allies.

The agreement that was signed was a disaster.  It was not doing what it was supposed to do.  Many bad things were taking place.  And, most importantly, it was so short-term that, within a very short number of years, they would be able to make nuclear weapons.  And that’s unacceptable.  Never can Iran have a nuclear weapon.

Also included in this is we want the stoppage immediately of their sponsoring of terrorism.  They sponsor terrorism at a level that nobody has ever seen before, and that’s been over the last number of years.  And they’ve taken all of that money that was given to them by the past administration, and much of it was given out to terrorist organizations.

In fact, I remember when John Kerry was asked a question about whether or not this money will be spent for terror.  He actually said "yes" -- or at least he was referring to some of it.  But he said, “Yes, it will be used for terror,” if you can believe that.  We’re giving them money.  We’re saying, “Yes, it can be used for terror.”  That was not a good answer, but that was the least of it, frankly.

So, America is a peace-loving nation.  We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country.  I look forward to the day when sanctions can be finally lifted and Iran can become a peaceful, prosperous, and productive nation.  That can go very quickly; it can be tomorrow.  It can also be in years from now.

So I look forward to discussing whatever I have to discuss with anybody that wants to speak.  In the meantime, who knows what’s going to happen.  I can only tell you we cannot ever let Iran have a nuclear weapon.  And it won’t happen.

And secondly, and very importantly, we don’t want money going out to sponsor terror.  They are the number-one sponsor of terror anywhere in the world.

So I’ll sign this order right now.  And I want to thank our military.  I want to thank all of the people that have been working with me over the last number of months on this.  I think a lot of restraint has been shown by us.  A lot of restraint.  And that doesn’t mean we’re going to show it in the future.

But I felt that we want to give this a chance -- give it a good chance, because I think Iran, potentially, has a phenomenal future.

Just -- and I say that about North Korea, too.  I’ve said it about North Korea.  I think North Korea has a phenomenal future.  And I think Iran also has a phenomenal future.  And we'd would like to -- I think a lot of people would like to see them get to work on that great future.

So I'll sign this now.  And I appreciate you all being here.  Thank you.

(The executive order is signed.)

Okay.  Thank you very much, everybody.

Q    Mr. President, is your goal to negotiate a new deal with Iran?

THE PRESIDENT:  We would love to be able to negotiate a deal if they want to.  If they don’t want to, that's fine too.  But we would love to be able to.  And, frankly, they might as well do it soon.

But, obviously, the people of Iran are great people.  You know, I know many of them.  I lived in New York.  I haven't been there very much the last two and a half years, but I know many Iranians living in New York and they're fantastic people.  I have many friends that are Iranian, and it's just very sad what's happening to that country.

The deal should've never been done.  It wasn’t ratified by Congress.  It wasn’t properly done, as you know.  As a treaty, it wasn't properly done.  It was incorrectly done.  But we'll get it properly done.

So we'll see what happens.  I hope it's going to be for the good.  But the people in Iran are great people, and all of the people I know -- so many, in New York -- these are great people.

Okay.  Anything else?

Q    Sir, just to be clear, is this the U.S. response to the Iranians shooting down the drone?

THE PRESIDENT:  This, you can probably, Steve, add that into it, but basically this is something that was going to happen anyway.

Q    If they reach the uranium limits on the 27th, will you take additional action?  

THE PRESIDENT:  I won't say what I'll do, but I don't think they should do it.

Q    What is your message for the Supreme Leader?  And do you want a meeting with him one-on-one?

THE PRESIDENT:  My only message is this: He has the potential to have a great country, and quickly.  Very quickly.  And I think they should do that rather than going along this very destructive path.  Destructive for everybody.  Destructive for everybody.

We can't let them have a nuclear weapon.  He said he doesn’t want nuclear weapons.  It's a great thing to say.  But a lot of things have been said over the years, and it turns out to be not so.  But he said very openly and plainly for everyone to hear that he does not want to have nuclear weapons.  So, if that’s the case, we can do something very quickly.  Okay?

 

Statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Executive Order to Impose Sanctions on the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran

Today, the White House issued an Executive Order sanctioning the Supreme Leader’s Office and authorizing further sanctions on those associated with it. This action was taken as part of the Administration’s maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime, which has engaged in 40 years of terror and aggression against the United States and our allies. Most recently, it targeted a U.S. unmanned aircraft and executed attacks on international shipping.

The Supreme Leader’s Office has enriched itself at the expense of the Iranian people. It sits atop a vast network of tyranny and corruption that deprives the Iranian people of the freedom and opportunity they deserve. Today’s action denies Iran’s leadership the financial resources to spread terror and oppress the Iranian people. 

The only path forward is for Iran to negotiate a comprehensive deal that addresses the full range of its destabilizing behaviors. Until it does, our campaign of diplomatic isolation and maximum economic pressure will continue. When the Iranian regime decides to forgo violence and meet our diplomacy with diplomacy, it knows how to reach us.

 

Office of the White House Press Secretary

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS IMPOSING SANCTIONS ON THE SUPREME LEADER OF IRAN AND THE WORST ELEMENTS OF THE IRANIAN REGIME

“We call on the regime to abandon its nuclear ambitions, change its destructive behavior, respect the rights of its people, and return in good faith to the negotiating table.” – President Donald J. Trump 

TARGETING THE IRANIAN REGIME: President Donald J. Trump is imposing new sanctions targeting the Supreme Leader of Iran and the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran. 
•    President Trump has signed an Executive Order today imposing sanctions on the Supreme Leader of Iran and the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran. 
o    Further, the order allows the Secretary of the Treasury to impose sanctions on officials appointed to their position by the Supreme Leader.
•    These sanctions will deny Iran’s leadership access to financial resources, blocking them from using the United States financial system or accessing any assets in the United States. 
o    Anybody who conducts significant transactions with these sanctioned individuals may be exposed to sanctions themselves.
•    The President is also authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to impose sanctions on anyone who provides material support to the Supreme Leader’s Office.
•    President Trump’s action will target the most nefarious elements of the Iranian regime. 
o    The Supreme Leader funds and oversees the worst elements of the Iranian regime, such as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE: The United States is sending a clear message to the Iranian regime that it must end its malign behavior. 
•    These sanctions build on President Trump’s efforts to put financial pressure on and raise costs for the Iranian regime.
•    The President has implemented tough sanctions against Iran and will continue to impose maximum pressure until the regime abandons its malign behavior. 
o    Efforts to impose maximum pressure have included placing sanctions on key sectors of Iran’s economy and designating the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization.
•    The President has been clear that he is open to the possibility of future talks with Iran, and wants to ensure they are never allowed to gain nuclear weapons.

RESPONDING TO IRAN’S ESCALATIONS: Iran has escalated its aggression towards the United States in recent days.  
•    Iran has engaged in a series of provocative actions in recent weeks, leading up to the attack on a United States drone operating over international waters.
•    Iran recently announced that it will be increasing its stockpile of enriched uranium in the coming days.
•    Iran attacked two commercial vessels and used proxy forces to attack civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.
•    No amount of economic sanctions entitles the regime to attack innocent civilians, disrupt global commerce, or engage in nuclear blackmail. 
 

Treasury Targets Senior IRGC Commanders Behind Iran’s Destructive and Destabilizing Activities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against eight senior commanders of Navy, Aerospace, and Ground Forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).  These commanders sit atop a bureaucracy that supervises the IRGC’s malicious regional activities, including its provocative ballistic missile program, harassment and sabotage of commercial vessels in international waters, and its destabilizing presence in Syria.    

Treasury sealToday’s designations reinforce the President’s action in issuing an Executive Order imposing sanctions on the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as the Supreme Leader’s Office.  The President’s order will deny Iran’s leadership access to financial resources and authorizes the targeting of persons appointed to certain official or other positions by the Supreme Leader or the Supreme Leader’s Office.  Moreover, any foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates a significant financial transaction for entities designated under this Executive Order could be cut off from the U.S. financial system. 

“The United States is targeting those responsible for effectuating the Iranian regime’s destructive influence in the Middle East.  IRGC commanders are responsible for the Iranian regime’s provocative attacks orchestrated in internationally recognized waters and airspace, as well as Iran’s malign activities in Syria,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “Treasury will continue to aggressively target the senior leaders and the financial apparatus sustaining this malign activity.  This action is a warning to officials at all levels of the IRGC and the rest of the Iranian regime that we will continue to sanction those who export violence, sabotage, and terrorism.”

Overview of Today’s Action

Today’s action targets commanders of the IRGC’s Navy, Aerospace, and Ground Forces, in addition to the commanders of the IRGC Navy’s (IRGCN) five naval districts.  These include the naval district commanders who are responsible for the IRGCN’s activities off the coast of the southern provinces of Khuzestan, Bushehr, and Hormozgan, which lie adjacent to the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.

OFAC is designating IRGCN Commander Ali Reza Tangsiri pursuant to E.O. 13224 for acting for or on behalf of the IRGC.  As recently as February 2019, Tangsiri threatened that the Iranian regime’s forces would close the Strait of Hormuz, an international waterway, if U.S. sanctions stopped Iran’s oil exports, and that the Iranian regime is prepared to target U.S. interests in the region.  As the commander of the IRGCN, Tangsiri sits atop a structure—including those regional IRGCN commanders sanctioned today—that is responsible for the sabotage of vessels in the international waters.

Also designated today pursuant to E.O. 13224 for acting for or on behalf of the IRGC is Amirali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, whose bureaucracy was responsible for downing the U.S. unmanned aircraft on June 20, 2019.  Hajizadeh oversees Iran’s provocative ballistic missile program.

OFAC is also designating pursuant to E.O. 13224 Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the IRGC’s Ground Forces, for acting for or on behalf of the IRGC.  Under Pakpour’s command, the IRGC Ground Forces have deployed to fight in Syria in support of the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and the brutal Assad regime.  In 2017, Pakpour said that the IRGC Ground Forces were in Syria to help the IRGC-QF.

OFAC is also designating the commanders of the IRGCN’s five naval districts pursuant to E.O. 13224 for acting for or on behalf of the IRGC. The IRGC is responsible for the Regime’s destabilizing and provocative naval actions in and around the Strait of Hormuz.

IRGCN commanders of five naval districts designated today are:

  • IRGCN 1st Naval District Commander Abbas Gholamshahi
  • IRGCN 2nd Naval District Commander Ramezan Zirahi
  • IRGCN 3rd Naval District Commander Yadollah Badin
  • IRGCN 4th Naval District Commander Mansur Ravankar
  • IRGCN 5th Naval District Commander Ali Ozma’i

The IRGC was designated pursuant to E.O. 13224 by OFAC on October 13, 2017 and it was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the Secretary of State on April 15, 2019. 

Sanctions Implications

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of these individuals that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC.  OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons. 

In addition, persons that engage in certain transactions with the persons designated today may themselves be exposed to designation.  Furthermore, any foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates a significant transaction or provides significant financial services for any of the individuals designated today could be subject to U.S. correspondent account or payable-through sanctions.

 

Statement by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  So I think, as you know, I just left the Oval Office, where President Trump signed a new executive order authorizing even more expanded sanctions against Iran.  So now -- along with our existing sanctions authority, we have additional sanctions to go after the Supreme Leader’s Office and lock up literally billions of dollars more of assets.  Along with that action today, we are also announcing specific actions targeting those responsible for recent activities.
 
     I think, as you know, previously, we have sanctioned Soleimani for his behavior.  Along with that, today I am going to announce three of his other senior leaders: Tangsiri, who is responsible for the Iranian regime's forces threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz; Hajizadeh, who is the Commander of the Air Force and responsible for downing the U.S. unmanned aircraft in international air space; as well as Pakpour, who is responsible for IRGC's ground forces. 
 
Along with those, we are also designating five Naval District's leaders: Gholamshahi, Zirahi, Yadollah Badin, Mansur Ravankar, and Ozma’i.  These sanctions are all very important for recent activities. 
 
The President has also designated -- instructed me that we will be designating Zarif later this week. 
 
So, with that, I am happy to take a few questions.
 
Q    Mr. Secretary, the President indicated last week that he believed that the shoot-down of the drone may have been a mistake that was made by local commanders on the ground.  Taken together what you've announced today, it would seem to indicate that maybe this wasn’t a mistake, that it was an intentional act that was known all the way up the chain of command. 
 
SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  No, I wouldn’t read anything into that.  Again, many of these -- the executive order that the President signed was in the works previously.  These actions are people who have either made threats, or specific things.  And, again, I don’t think you should interpret this anywhere otherwise, other than we are designating people who we believe were responsible for the chain of command, whether they knew it or not. 
 
Q    Secretary Mnuchin, thank you so much for doing this briefing.  What is your response to your critics who say these sanctions are more symbolic than substantive, and they won't bring Iran to the negotiating table because Iran has said they're not coming back to the negotiating table after the President ripped up the nuclear deal?
 
SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Well, I think the President was very clear.  If they want to come back to the negotiating table, he's ready.  If not, they won't.  For the people who say these are just symbolic, that's not the case at all.  We've literally locked up tens and tens of billions of dollars.  These sanctions will come along with additional entities where people are hiding money.  So, no, these sanctions are highly effective.
 
Q    Mr. Secretary, we’ve seen the attack on the oil tankers.  We’ve seen the attack on the drone.  What makes you think that these sanctions have been effective?  What signs are there that they have been --
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Oh, there’s no question these sanctions have been very effective in cutting off funds going to the IRGC and other people.  And I can only presume -- I’m not going to presume why they’re doing things, but these are highly, highly effective on locking up the Iranian economy.  And as the President said, we look forward to a time in releasing sanctions if they’re willing to negotiate.
 
     Q    Thank you.  When you talk about sanctions on the Supreme Leader, that is as high as you can go inside of Iran.  Can you give us the thinking as to why the administration wanted to bring it up to that level?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  I think the President had been clear: maximum pressure on the sanctions.  So that is -- that is our strategy.  And it’s not just him; it’s the Leader’s office, which encompasses a whole range of activities.
 
     Q    Mr. Secretary, thank you.  Have you done the intelligence research to figure out what assets any of these individuals that you just named actually have in the United States or in the global financial system?  That is, do any of these people have money or assets outside of Iran?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  So the answer is: Whenever we do sanctions, we do do intelligence.  I can’t comment on any of the specific intelligence.  But again, I would say we follow the money and it’s highly effective.
 
     Q    Do any of these people have assets outside of Iran?
 
     Q    Mr. Secretary, thank you.  Is a military option or military reprisal still on the table?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  I obviously can’t comment on that.  I’m going to leave that to the President.
 
     Q    Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  Have you consulted with America’s allies, regarding these sanctions?  And is there buy-in from America’s allies?  Will they also be imposing sanctions similar to what the U.S. --
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  No, I have not consulted on these specific sanctions.  The answer is: In general, I’ve had many, many conversations with all our allies.  I was in Japan 10 days ago, meeting with the finance ministers and discussed our sanctions program.  I’ll be going to the G20 with the President.  Again, this will continue to be a topic of discussion.
 
     Q    Yeah, Mr. Secretary, if that’s to me --
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  I’ll give it to you.  It wasn’t, but then we’ll go to you.
 
     Q    All right, thank you.  You said this was in response to events of -- and the recent events.  Is that about the shooting down of the drone or the attack on the six tankers or both?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Again, what I said is: Some of these were in the works.  Some of these are an addition.  All of the above.
 
     Yes.  Go ahead.
 
     Q    I mean, you know, this is -- the President came close to military action.  Now you’re coming back with sanctions.  What was the direct response to the shoot-down of the drone?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Again, I said “some of them.”  I’m not going to identify which ones are which.  I’ve said that some of this was in the works, some of this is a result of recent activities.
 
     Q    Mr. Secretary, how do these sanctions deal -- how do these sanctions relate to President Trump’s “deal of the century” -- what’s happening coming up in Bahrain?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  I look forward -- I’m leaving for Bahrain in about an hour.  So I look forward to our discussion in Bahrain.  We’ll be rolling out the economic plan, which will be great opportunities for the people of Palestine.  We have a terrific group there of finance ministers, business leaders all around the world.  I think we have about 350 people going.  So I look forward to it.
 
     Q    Mr. Secretary, thank you, sir.  Yeah, just following up on an earlier question.  You talked about the sanctions are effective, in terms of inflicting pain on the economy.  Is there evidence yet -- or will there be evidence, do you think -- that this is having an effect on Iran’s behavior?
 
SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Well, let me first comment that our issue is not with the people of Iran.  So I just want to be very clear: We are not looking at creating issues for the people of Iran. 
 
Having said that, we are -- have sanctions against bad behavior.  And there’s no question that locking this money up worked last time.  And there’s no question locking the money up works now.
 
Thank you very much.
 

EXECUTIVE ORDER

IMPOSING SANCTIONS WITH RESPECT TO IRAN

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

    I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995, in light of the actions of the Government of Iran and Iranian-backed proxies, particularly those taken to destabilize the Middle East, promote international terrorism, and advance Iran's ballistic missile program, and Iran's irresponsible and provocative actions in and over international waters, including the targeting of United States military assets and civilian vessels, hereby order:

    Section 1.  (a)  All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:  

        (i)   the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iranian Supreme Leader's Office (SLO); or

        (ii)  any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:

            (A)  to be a person appointed by the Supreme Leader of Iran or the SLO to a position as a state official of Iran, or as the head of any entity located in Iran or any entity located outside of Iran that is owned or controlled by one or more entities in Iran;

            (B)  to be a person appointed to a position as a state official of Iran, or as the head of any entity located in Iran or any entity located outside of Iran that is owned or controlled by one or more entities in Iran, by any person appointed by the Supreme Leader of Iran or the SLO;

            (C)  to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this section;

            (D)  to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this section; or  

            (E)  to be a member of the board of directors or a senior executive officer of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this section. 

    (b)  The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the date of this order.

    Sec. 2.  (a)  The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to impose on a foreign financial institution the sanctions described in subsection (b) of this section upon determining that the foreign financial institution has knowingly conducted or facilitated any significant financial transaction for or on behalf of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to section 1 of this order.

    (b)  With respect to any foreign financial institution determined by the Secretary of the Treasury in accordance with this section to meet the criteria set forth in subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary of the Treasury may prohibit the opening, and prohibit or impose strict conditions on the maintaining, in the United States of a correspondent account or a payable-through account by such foreign financial institution.  

    (c)  The prohibitions in subsection (b) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the date of this order.

    Sec. 3.  I hereby determine that the making of donations of the types of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1701(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to section 1 of this order would seriously impair the President's ability to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.

    Sec. 4.  The prohibitions in section 1 of this order include:

    (a)  the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and

    (b)  the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

    Sec. 5.  The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in subsection 1(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and the entry of such persons into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, is hereby suspended.  Such persons shall be treated as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).

    Sec. 6.  The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including adopting rules and regulations, to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order, other than the purposes described in section 5 of this order.  The Secretary of the Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions within the Department of the Treasury.  All departments and agencies of the United States shall take all appropriate measures within their authority to implement this order.

    Sec. 7.  (a)  Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

    (b)  Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

    Sec. 8.  For the purposes of this order:

    (a)  the term "person" means an individual or entity;

    (b)  the term "entity" means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization;

    (c)  the term "foreign financial institution" means any foreign entity that is engaged in the business of accepting deposits, making, granting, transferring, holding, or brokering loans or credits, or purchasing or selling foreign exchange, securities, commodity futures or options, or procuring purchasers and sellers thereof, as principal or agent.  The term includes, but is not limited to, depository institutions, banks, savings banks, money service businesses, trust companies, securities brokers and dealers, commodity futures and options brokers and dealers, forward contract and foreign exchange merchants, securities and commodities exchanges, clearing corporations, investment companies, employee benefit plans, dealers in precious metals, stones, or jewels, and holding companies, affiliates, or subsidiaries of any of the foregoing.  The term does not include the international financial institutions identified in 22 U.S.C. 262r(c)(2), the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the North American Development Bank, or any other international financial institution so notified by the Secretary of the Treasury;

    (d)  the term "knowingly," with respect to conduct, a circumstance, or a result, means that a person has actual knowledge, or should have known, of the conduct, the circumstance, or the result; and

    (e)  the term "United States person" means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.

    Sec. 9.  For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual.  I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 of this order.

    Sec. 10.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

        (i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

        (ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    Sec. 11.  The measures taken pursuant to this order are in response to actions of the Government of Iran occurring after the conclusion of the 1981 Algiers Accords, and are intended solely as a response to those later actions.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,

June 24, 2019.

 

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:
 
 
     Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order with respect to Iran that takes additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995.
 
     I am enclosing a copy of the order I have issued.
 
 
DONALD J. TRUMP
 
THE WHITE HOUSE,
    June 24, 2019.