Policy paper

Financial sanctions, Iran (nuclear proliferation)

Iran is currently subject to financial sanctions. This document contains the current list of designated persons relating to proliferation sensitive nuclear activities.

Documents

Latest HM Treasury Notice, 27/02/14 Iran (Judgment of the General Court of 12 December 2013 )

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HM Treasury Notice, 22/01/14 Iran (Judgment of the General Court of 12 November 2013)

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HM Treasury notice, 21/01/14 Iran (Reg 42/2014)

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HM Treasury Notice, 19/12/13 Iran (Reg 1361/2013)

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Detail

In 2006, the UN Security Council imposed, amongst other matters, asset freeze restrictions on persons determined by the UN as engaging in, directly associating with, or providing support for, Iran’s proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems.

Between 2007 and 2012, the European Commission implemented further measures. In summary, the measures now in place involve the freezing of funds and economic resources of designated persons; restrictions on transfers of funds to and from an Iranian person, entity or body; vigilance over activities with Iranian banks; dealing with the Iranian banking sector; restrictions on Iran’s access to the EU’s insurance and reinsurance markets, restrictions on the provision of insurance and restrictions on financing certain Iranian enterprises and prohibitions on EU credit and financial institutions transferring funds to or from Iranian banks.

Iran (nuclear proliferation) – Supreme Court judgement in Bank Mellat v. Her Majesty’s Treasury (No. 2)

Judgement was handed down on 19 June 2013 in relation to Bank Mellat’s challenge to the Financial Restrictions (Iran) Order 2009 (SI 2009/2725). The Supreme Court found in favour of Bank Mellat. The Financial Restrictions (Iran) Order 2009 ceased to have effect in October 2010.

The Judgement does not affect the current EU asset freeze which remains in place against Bank Mellat. Banks and other financial institutions must continue to abide by the EU measure, and must apply all the financial restrictions that are imposed under EU Regulation 267/2012 as amended by EU Regulation 1263/2012.

Current EU regulations

Current UK regulations

Licence applications

You are able to download specific forms for licence applications and prior notification and authorisation applications for Iran. Licences authorise certain activities or types of transaction that would otherwise be prohibited by asset freezing legislation.

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