The United States has imposed restrictions on activities with Iran under various legal authorities since 1979, following the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
The Department of State’s Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation is responsible for enforcing and implementing a number of U.S. sanctions programs that restrict access to the United States for companies that engage in certain commercial activities in Iran.
- 08/29/19 On Sanctioning of Four Financial Facilitators for Hamas; Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Washington, DC
- 08/29/19 Treasury Targets Facilitators Moving Millions to HAMAS in Gaza; Washington, DC
- 07/23/19 Treasury Advisory Highlights Iranian Airlines’ Support of Destabilizing Activity; Washington, DC
- 07/22/19 The U.S. To Impose Sanctions on Chinese Firm Zhuhai Zhenrong Company Limited for Purchasing Oil From Iran; Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Washington, DC
- 07/19/19 Designation of Persons Linked to Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction Procurement Network; Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Washington, DC
- 07/09/19 Sanctioning of Three Senior Hizballah Officials; Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Washington, DC
- 07/09/19 Treasury Targets Iranian-Backed Hizballah Officials for Exploiting Lebanon’s Political and Financial System; Washington, DC
06/24/19 Executive Order To Impose Sanctions on the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran; Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Washington, DC
- 06/24/19 White House: President Donald J. Trump Is Imposing Sanctions on the Supreme Leader of Iran and the Worst Elements of the Iranian Regime; Washington, DC
- 06/21/19 Statement on the Imposition of Financial Countermeasures on Iran; Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Washington, DC
- 06/21/19 Department of the Treasury: U.S. Concludes Successful Term as President of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF); Washington, DC
- 02/13/19 Iran-based Entities and Individuals Sanctioned Under E.O. 13606 and 13224; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
- 11/20/18 Sanctions Announcement on Iran; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
- 11/05/18 Constraining Iran’s Nuclear Program; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
- 11/05/18 Press Availability With Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin; Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Washington Foreign Press Center; Washington, DC
- 11/05/18 Department of the Treasury: U.S. Government Fully Re-Imposes Sanctions on the Iranian Regime As Part of Unprecedented U.S. Economic Pressure Campaign; Washington, DC
- 11/02/18 Briefing on Iran Sanctions; Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Via Teleconference
- 11/02/18 Briefing With Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook; Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook; Press Correspondent’s Room; Washington, DC
- 10/16/18 Treasury Sanctions Vast Financial Network Supporting Iranian Paramilitary Force That Recruits and Trains Child Soldiers; Department of the Treasury
- 10/15/18 Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy; Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Foreign Affairs
- 08/16/18 Remarks on the Creation of the Iran Action Group; Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Press Briefing Room; Washington, DC
- 08/16/18 Briefing on the Creation of the Iran Action Group; Brian Hook, Special Representative for Iran; Washington, DC
- 08/06/18 Senior Administration Officials Previewing Iran Sanctions; Senior Department Official; Via Teleconference
- 08/06/18 White House Statement: From the President on the Reimposition of United States Sanctions with Respect to Iran
- 05/21/18 After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; The Heritage Foundation; Washington, DC
- 05/08/18 On President Trump’s Decision To Withdraw From the JCPOA; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Washington, DC
- Treasury Department Resource Center
- Executive Order FAQs
- Updated Wind Down FAQs
- White House Factsheet
- 04/22/19 Advancing the U.S. Maximum Pressure Campaign On Iran
- 01/24/19 Iran’s Material Support for Terrorism
- 12/18/18 Comprehensive Iran Fact Sheet
- 12/18/18 Iran Fact Sheet per Commercial Sector
The Administration continues to pursue a robust program of sanctions against Iran, and has issued several Executive Orders to implement Congressional legislation.
- 06/24/19 Executive Order Imposing Sanctions With Respect to Iran
- 08/06/18 Executive Order 13846; Reimposing Certain Sanctions With Respect to Iran
- 01/16/16 Executive Order 13716; Revocation of Executive Orders 13574, 13590, 13622, and 13645 With Respect to Iran, Amendment of Executive Order 13628 With Respect to Iran
- 06/03/13 Executive Order 13645; Authorizing the Implementation of Certain Sanctions Set Forth in the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 and Additional Sanctions With Respect to Iran
- 10/09/12 Executive Order 13628; Authorizing the Implementation of Certain Sanctions Set Forth in the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 and Additional Sanctions With Respect to Iran
- 07/30/12 Executive Order 13622; Authorizing Additional Sanctions with Respect to Iran
- 05/01/12 Executive Order 13608; Prohibiting Certain Transactions With and Suspending Entry Into the United States of Foreign Sanctions Evaders With Respect to Iran and Syria
- 04/23/12 Executive Order 13606; Blocking the Property and Suspending Entry into the United States of Certain Persons with Respect to Grave Human Rights Abuses by the Governments of Iran and Syria via Information Technology
- 11/23/11 Executive Order 13590; Authorizing the Imposition of Certain Sanctions With Respect to the Provision of Goods, Services, Technology, or Support for Iran’s Energy and Petrochemical Sectors
- 03/17/95 Executive Order 12957; Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to the Development of Iranian Petroleum Resources
The Department of State has sanctioned the following entity for its commercial activities in Iran, pursuant to its authorities under the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, as amended. Under this authority, the Secretary of State is authorized to impose a range of sanctions after making the determination that a sanctionable activity has been committed. Accordingly, users of the list below should note that for each entity that has been sanctioned, different restrictions may apply.
Persons sanctioned under the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA)
The following constitutes a current, as of January 2016, list of persons on whom sanctions have been imposed under ISA, as amended.
- Sytrol (see Public Notice 8040, 77 Fed. Reg. 59034, September 25, 2012).
- Procurement contracts with the USG;
- Financial transactions subject to U.S. jurisdiction;
- Transactions with respect to property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction.
Congress has passed several Acts which provide a legislative framework for sanctions against Iran. This framework continues to evolve. The most recent bill, the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act ( ITRSHRA) was signed into law on August 10, 2012, and contains provisions that expand significantly our ability to impose sanctions on Iran and those who facilitate its illicit conduct. It provides for sanctions on activities related to Iran’s energy and financial sectors, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, support for terrorism, as well as activities related to human rights abuses by Iran and Syria.
- 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Bill: Subtitle D – Iran Sanctions
- The Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, as amended (ISA)
- The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA)
- Section 1245 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
- Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (ITRSHRA)
The United States has worked multilaterally through the United Nations to sanction Iran’s oil industry. The global community has adopted the following UN Security Council Resolutions in an effort to convince Iran to creditably deal with its Nuclear Program.