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Iran Sanctions: Department of State

The Department of State is the agency primarily responsible for implementing those provisions in the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) and the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act (CISADA) related to energy-related transactions in Iran, to the export of sensitive telecommunications technology, and to non-proliferation and human rights issues. The Treasury Department has primary responsibility for the finance-related provisions of the legislation.


Text of Amended Version of the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 - Amendments are from the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA)

Text of the CISADA

Statement by President Obama on July 1, 2010

CISADA Fact Sheet

The Iran Sanctions Act, as amended by the CISADA, restricts certain investments in Iran’s energy sector.

Guidelines About the Provision of Jet Fuel to the Government of Iran

Guidelines About the Provision of Goods and Services, Including Insurance, to Entities That Ship Refined Petroleum to Iran

Many major international companies have stopped doing business in Iran’s energy sector. In addition, the State Department has sanctioned nine companies under the ISA for doing business with Iran. Five major companies have also vowed to stop their commercial activities in Iran’s energy sector under the “Special Rule” in the legislation: Total, INPEX, Statoil, Eni and Shell.

Press Releases
• United States Increases Sanctions Against the Government of Iran and its Proliferation Networks; Treasury and State Department Actions Target More Than 50 Entities Tied to Iran's Procurement, Petroleum, and Shipping Networks
• Withdrawal of Italian Firm Edison International S.P.A. From Iran's Energy Sector
• Regarding Significant Reductions of Iranian Crude Oil Purchases
• Three Companies Sanctioned Under the Amended Iran Sanctions Act
• Joint Statement on Iran Sanctions
• Companies Reducing Energy-Related Business with Iran
• Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA)
• Seven Companies Sanctioned Under the Amended Iran Sanctions Act
• Iran Sanctions Act Announcement: Belarusneft
• Statement on INPEX's Decision to Withdraw From Iran

The ISA, including the amendments from the CISADA as well as numerous other U. S. laws, also apply to activities of proliferation concern. Nonproliferation Sanctions page

Human Rights
The CISADA added new sanctions on Iranian officials involved in serious human rights abuses involving Iran.

• Sanctions On Iran’s Ministry Of Intelligence and Security
• Treasury and State Announce Human Rights Sanctions on Two Senior Security Officials
• Department of Treasury and State Announce Sanctions of Iranian Security Forces for Human Rights Abuses
• Departments of the Treasury and State Announce Designations for Human Rights Abuses in Iran
• New Executive Order Targeting Iranian Officials Responsible for or Complicit in Serious Human Rights Abuses
• Executive Order 13553

Fact Sheets
• Increasing Sanctions Against Iran
Three Companies Sanctioned Under the Amended Iran Sanctions Act
Energy-Related Sanctions Under Executive Order 13590
Executive Order 13382 Designations on Iran
New Sanctions on Iran

Press Releases/Briefings/Remarks
• Sanctions on Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security
• Measures to Increase Pressure on Iran 
• Background Briefing on the Recently Announced Sanctions on Iran
• The Human Rights Council's Creation of a Special Rapporteur on Iran
• Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Iran
• Concern for the Denial of Human Rights in Iran

General information
State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC): International Traffic in Arms Regulation

Congressional Testimonies
• Under Secretary William Burns before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on March 17, 2011
• Under Secretary William Burns before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on December 1, 2010
• Special Advisor for Nonproliferation & Arms Control Robert Einhorn before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on July 29, 2010
• Under Secretary William Burns before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on June 22, 2010


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