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Non-Proliferation Sanctions

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Sanctions Brochures


Sanctions Brochures are an overview of OFAC's regulations with regard to the Non-Proliferation sanctions.  They are useful quick reference tools. 

Frequently Asked Questions


OFAC has compiled hundreds of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its sanctions programs and related policies.  The links below send the user to the entire list of OFAC's  FAQs.

Specific Guidance on the Non-Proliferation Sanctions


OFAC offers guidance on a variety of subjects related to the Non-Proliferation sanctions. Most of this guidance is specific in nature. General guidance on the Non-Proliferation sanctions can be found in the Sanctions Brochures section at the top of this page.

Interpretive Guidance


OFAC issues interpretive guidance on specific issues related to the sanctions programs it administers.  These interpretations of OFAC policy are sometimes published in response to a public request for guidance or may be released proactively by OFAC in order to address a complex topic.

Applying for a Specific OFAC License


It may be in your and the U.S. government’s interest to authorize particular economic activity related to the Non-Proliferation sanctions.  Certain activities related to the Non-Proliferation sanctions may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC.  Visit the link below to apply for an OFAC license.

General Licenses


OFAC issues general licenses in order to authorize acitivites that would otherwise be prohibited with regard to the Non-Proliferation.  General licenses allow all US persons to engage in the activity described in the general license without needing to apply for a specific license.
  • Revocation of General License No. 1 - revocation of General License No. 1 issued pursuant to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 544, which authorized certain transactions related to the arrest, detention, and judicial sale of the MV Sabalan, MV Sahand, and MV Tuchal, three vessels on OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons.
  • General License No. 2 - authorizing certain transactions related to the arrest, detention, and judicial sale of the MV Dandle and the MV Decretive, which are two vessels on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list. These vessels are currently under arrest in Malta and Hong Kong, respectively.
  • ​​Revocation of General License No. 3 - revocation of General License No. 3 issued pursuant to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 544, which authorized certain transactions related to the arrest, detention, and judicial sale of the MV First Ocean and MV Second Ocean, two vessels on OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons.
  • General License No. 4 - Exportation or reexportation of agricultural commodities, medicine, or medical devices to Iran through any Iranian port operated by Tidewater Middle East Company is authorized in certain circumstances.
  • ​General License No. 5c - authorizing certain transactions related to the arrest, detention, and judicial sale of the MV Dianthe (f.k.a. Horsham, f.k.a. Iran Bam, IMO No. 9323833), which is a vessel on OFAC's Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list.​
  • Iran General License A - Certain transactions otherwise authorized under general or specific licenses set forth in or issued pursuant to 31 C.F.R. chapter V authorized.​
  • General License 6 - authorizing certain transactions related to the arrest, detention, and judicial sale of the MV Uppercourt (a.k.a. Iran Bojnoord, IMO No. 9305207), which is a vessel on OFAC's Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list.​
  • Revocation of General License No. 7 - Revocation of General License No. 7 pursuant to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 544, which authorized certain transactions related to the arrest, detention, and judicial sale of the MV Amina (f.k.a. Shere, a.k.a. Iran Tabas, IMO No. 9305192), which is a vessel on OFAC's Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list.​
  • General License No. 8 -  authorizing certain transactions related to the arrest, detention, and judicial sale of the of the AMIN Crude Oil Tanker (a.k.a. AMIN 2, IMO No. 9422366), which is a vessel on OFAC's Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list.
  • General License No. 9 - authorizing certain transactions related to the arrest, detention, and judicial sale of the Motor Vessel SININ (IMO No. 9274941), which is a vessel on OFAC's Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list.

Guidance on OFAC Licensing Policy


Certain activities related to the Non-Proliferation may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC.  Below OFAC has issued guidance and statements on specific licensing policies as they relate to the Non-Proliferation.
  • Licenses for Legal Fees and Costs - Guidance on the Release of Limited Amounts of Blocked Funds for Payment of Legal Fees and Costs Incurred in  Challenging the Blocking of U.S. Persons in Administrative or Civil Proceedings
  • Entities Owned By Blocked Persons - Guidance On Entities Owned By Persons Whose Property And Interests In Property Are Blocked

Executive Orders, Statutes, Rules and Regulations Relating to the Non-Proliferation


The Non-Proliferation sanctions program represents the implementation of multiple legal authorities.  Some of these authorities are in the form of executive orders issued by the President.  Other authorities are public laws (statutes) passed by The Congress.  These authorities are further codified by OFAC in its regulations which are published the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  Modifications to these regulations are posted in the Federal Register.  In addition to all of these authorites, OFAC may also implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) with regard to the Non-Proliferation.

Executive Orders

  • 13617 Blocking Property of the Government of the Russian Federation Relating to the Disposition of Highly Enriched Uranium Extracted From Nuclear Weapons​
  • 13608 Prohibiting Certain Transactions With And Suspending Entry Into The United States Of Foreign Sanctions Evaders With Respect To Iran And Syria (Effective Date - May 1, 2012)​
  • 13382 Blocking Property of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators and Their Supporters (Effective Date - June 29, 2005)
  • 13159 Blocking Property of the Government of the Russian Federation Relating to the Disposition of Highly Enriched Uranium Extracted From Nuclear Weapons (Effective Date - June 22, 2000)
  • 13094 Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Effective Date - July 29, 1998)
  • 12938 Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Effective Date - November 14, 1994)

Statutes

Code of Federal Regulations

Federal Register Notices

  • 74 FR 16771-09 New regulations to implement Executive Order 13382
  • 71 FR 29251-06 Revisions to IEEPA made by the Combating Terrorism Financing Act of 2005
  • 68 FR 28314-03 Bureau of Nonproliferation; Imposition of Nonproliferation Measures on an Entity in China, Including a Ban on U.S. Government Procurement - Public Notices 4370 and 4371 (U.S. Department of State)

United Nations Security Council Resolutions

  • 1929 Additional Sanctions on Iran (9 June 2010)
  • 1803 Increases Vigilance on Iranian Banks (3 March 2008)
  • 1747 Toughens Sanctions Against Iran, Adds Arms Embargo (24 March 2007)
  • 1737 Imposes Sanctions on Iran for Refusal to Halt Uranium Enrichment (23 December 2006)
  • 1696 Demands Iran Suspend Uranium Enrichment (31 July 2006)
  • 1540 Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (28 April 2004)
 
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