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On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed E.O. 13590 as part of a series of measures the United States took to increase pressure on Iran to comply with its full range of international nuclear obligations and engage in constructive negotiations on the future of its nuclear program. Executive Order 13590 expands on existing energy-related sanctions to authorize sanctions on persons that knowingly provide goods, services, technology, or support (above certain limited monetary thresholds) to Iran that could directly and significantly contribute to either the maintenance or enhancement of Iran’s ability to develop petroleum resources located in Iran or to the maintenance or expansion of Iran’s domestic production of petrochemical products. These sanctions are intended to further address the connection between Iran’s energy sector and its nuclear program that were highlighted in UNSCR 1929 and the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (CISADA). The United States is committed to using the E.O. and other existing sanctions to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its refusal to comply with its international obligations regarding its nuclear program.
Today, the United States is taking a series of actions to increase pressure on Iran to comply with its full range of international nuclear obligations and to engage in constructive negotiations on the future of its nuclear program. In his report to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors, which was released to the public last week, the IAEA Director General concluded that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device, some of which have continued past 2003. Iran uses a wide network of procurement agents to procure items, equipment, and technology in support of this illicit nuclear program. The actions below target several of these entities involved in Iran’s illicit nuclear programs.
Today, the United States is taking a series of actions to confront the threat posed by Iran and significantly increase pressure on Iran to comply with the full range of its international obligations and to address the international community’s longstanding concerns regarding its nuclear program. These steps include: expanding sanctions to target the supply of goods, services, technology, or support (above certain monetary thresholds) to Iran for the development of its petroleum resources and maintenance or expansion of its petrochemical industry; designating eleven individuals and entities under Executive Order 13382 for their role in Iran’s WMD program; and identifying the Islamic Republic of Iran as a jurisdiction of “primary money laundering concern” under section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act.
As part of our ongoing efforts to increase the cost of Iran’s failure to live up to its international obligations regarding its nuclear program, today the United States announced the imposition of new sanctions against Iran. These measures build upon the framework that this Administration has established, which is comprised of national and multilateral sanctions that have contributed to what Iranian President Ahmadinejad recently called “the heaviest economic onslaught on a nation in history.”
The Departments of the Treasury and State today imposed sanctions against three entities and one individual at the core of Iran’s security apparatus for being responsible for or complicit in serious human rights abuses in Iran since the June 2009 disputed presidential election. Today’s action targeted Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Basij Resistance Force (Basij), and Iran’s national police and its Chief – all of which share responsibility for the sustained and severe violation of human rights in Iran.
On May 23, 2011, pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA), the United States imposed sanctions on two Belarusian entities, three Chinese entities and one individual, five Iranian entities and one individual, one North Korean entity, two Syrian entities and one Venezuelan entity.
The U.S. Government engages foreign companies and governments, to explain our policy objectives regarding Iran and the relationship between those objectives and our laws – including the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act (CISADA). We urge companies to act in accordance with our objectives and our laws, explain the potential consequences of our sanctions, and urge a halt to business with Iran’s energy sector. Our pressure on Iran to comply with its international obligations is most effective when pressure is applied multilaterally.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to impose sanctions on seven companies under the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) of 1996, as amended by the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (CISADA) of 2010, for their activities in support of Iran’s energy sector.
President Obama remains committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and has successfully built an international coalition to hold Iran accountable on its illicit nuclear program. With our P5+1 partners, we have demonstrated to Iran our commitment to credible engagement based on mutual interests and mutual respect.
• As a result of Iran’s continued intransigence, however, the international community imposed unprecedented unilateral and multilateral sanctions, including UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1929, the most extensive package of sanctions Iran has ever faced.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Departments of the Treasury and State today announced the designation of two Iranian officials, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, Tehran Prosecutor General, and Mohammed Reza Naqdi, commander of the IRGC’s Basij Forces, for being responsible for or complicit in serious human rights abuses in Iran since the June 2009 disputed presidential election.
Today’s action was taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13553, signed by President Obama in September 2010, to provide the United States with new tools to target human rights abuses engaged in by officials by the Government of Iran. As a result of today’s action, any property in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons in which the designees have an interest is blocked, and U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. The designees are also subject to visa sanctions by the Department of State.
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