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Timeline of U.S. Sanctions

Source: Iran Primer USIP - Authors: Jason Starr and Helia Ighani (Permanent copy for reasons of availability)

Since 2005, the United States has designated Iranian individuals, companies, and organizations for involvement in nuclear proliferation, ballistic missile development, support for terrorist groups, and human rights abuses. These designations have been made under the following presidential executive orders and two new pieces of legislation:


June 28, 2005 (Executive Order 13382)


January 4, 2006 (Executive Order 13382)


July 18, 2006 (Executive Order 13382)


January 9, 2007 (Executive Order 13882)


February 16, 2007 (Executive Order 13382)


March 30, 2007 (Executive Order 13382)


June 8, 2007 (Executive Order 13382)


June 15, 2007 (Executive Order 13382)


October 25, 2007 (Executive Order 13382 and Executive Order 13224)


March 12, 2008 (Executive Order 13382)


July 8, 2008 (Executive Order 13382)


August 12, 2008 (Executive Order 13382)



September 10, 2008 (Executive Order 13382)


September 17, 2008 (Executive Order 13382)


October 22, 2008 (Executive Order 13882)


December 17, 2008 (Executive Order 13382)


March 3, 2009 (Executive Order 13382)


April 7, 2009 (Executive Order 13382)


November 5, 2009 (Executive Order 13382)


February 10, 2010 (Executive Order 13382)


June 16, 2010 (Executive Order 13382)


July 1, 2010 (Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act) This act amends the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, which requires sanctions to be imposed or waived for companies that are determined to have certain investments in Iran’s energy sector.


August 3, 2010 (Executive Order 13224)


September 29, 2010 (Executive Order 13553)


May 23, 2011 (Executive Order 13574) This executive order creates further prohibitions of financial transactions with sanctioned individuals under the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, as amended by CISADA.


November 21, 2011 (Executive Order 13590) This executive order gives the Secretary of State authority to impose sanctions on persons that knowingly engage in a number of activities in Iran’s energy and petrochemical sectors.


December 31, 2011 (Section 1245 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012) This act calls for sanctions on foreign financial institutions that knowingly conduct or facilitate significant financial transactions with Iran. But it also allows the U.S. government to issue 180-day waivers for countries that significantly reduce their Iranian imports. Waivers can be extended for further reductions.


February 6, 2012 (Executive Order 13599)


April 23, 2012 (Executive Order 13606)


May 1, 2012 (Executive Order 13608) This executive order increases penalties on Iranian-sanction evaders, including restrictions on certain transactions and visa bans to the United States.


June 28, 2012 (Section 1245 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012) This act allows the president to sanction foreign banks that conduct financial transactions for Iranian oil and petroleum products.


July 12, 2012 (Executive Order 13382 and Executive Order 13599)

Reference: Iran Primer

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