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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.


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Executive Orders

The Administration continues to pursue a robust program of sanctions against Iran, and has issued several Executive Orders to implement Congressional legislation.

Sanctioned Entities List

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).

Sanctions prohibit:

  1. Procurement contracts with the USG;
  2. Financial transactions subject to U.S. jurisdiction;
  3. 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.

United Nations Security Council Resolutions

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.

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