Guidance

Financial sanctions, Iran relating to nuclear weapons

This page contains the list of asset freeze targets, listed because of proliferation-related activity in Iran. It also contains information on regulations.

Documents

Latest HM Treasury Notice, 18/02/2021, Iran (Nuclear)

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Details

The Iran (Sanctions) (Nuclear) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 ensure sanctions relating to Iran are implemented effectively after the UK leaves the EU.

Context

This sanctions regime is aimed at

  • encouraging Iran to comply with relevant UN obligations

  • encouraging Iran to abandon nuclear weapons programmes

  • restricting the ability of Iran to develop nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons delivery systems

This sanctions regime also gives effect to the UK’s obligations under United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 2231 (2015).

The regulations impose asset freezes on those who are, or have been, involved in the facilitation of restricted weapons-related activity in Iran. It also imposes asset freezes and other financial measures on any person named by the Security Council for the purposes of UNSCR 2231 (2015).

The UK also implements a sanctions regime on Iran related to human rights.

Some individuals and entities listed under this regime are also listed under the following regimes:

If you aren’t sure where someone may be listed, you can consult OFSI’s consolidated list of asset freeze targets.

Legislative developments

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA)

On 16 January 2016 (Implementation Day), Iran completed its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) and received extensive sanctions relief. As part of this sanctions relief, restrictions on financial transfers to and from Iran were lifted. Therefore, you no longer need to obtain prior authorisation for, or notify HM Treasury of, transfers of funds sent to or received from Iran.

However, some individuals and entities remain subject to restrictive measures under the Iran (Nuclear) (EU Exit) Regulations, and it is your responsibility to ensure you are compliant.

Some persons, entities and bodies subject to counter-proliferation measures use ‘shell’ or ‘front’ companies to disguise the ultimate destination of goods, funds and services. You must ensure that no funds or economic resources are made available, directly or indirectly, to or for the benefit of listed targets.

UN Resolutions

On 20 July 2015, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2231 (2015) which terminated previous resolutions on Iranian nuclear proliferation.

UK regulations

EU Regulations (applicable prior to 11:00pm, 31 December 2020)

Council Regulation (EU) No 267/2012

Find out more about UK sanctions on Iran relating to nuclear weapons

Published 10 June 2013
Last updated 18 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury Notice, 18/02/2021, Iran (Nuclear)'

  2. Updated with latest HM Treasury Notice, 01/02/2021, Iran (Nuclear)

  3. Updated to reflect regime coming into force under the Sanctions Act

  4. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 18/12/2020, Iran (nuclear proliferation'

  5. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 16/11/2020, Iran (nuclear proliferation) (Reg 2020/1695)'

  6. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 22/06/2020, Iran (nuclear proliferation) (Reg 2020/847)’

  7. Updated with latest HM Treasury notice 18/11/19, Iran (Nuclear Proliferation) Corrigenda

  8. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury Notice, 02/07/2019, Iran (Nuclear Proliferation) Correction'.

  9. Updated with Latest HM Treasury Notice, 29/05/2019, Iran (Nuclear Proliferation) (Reg 2019/855)

  10. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 20/03/2019, Iran (Nuclear Proliferation) (2014/776/CFSP)'.

  11. Updated with latest HM Treasury notice 07/06/2018, Iran (Nuclear Proliferation) (Reg 2018/827)

  12. Updated to provide more clarity.

  13. Updated link to Council Regulation as part of routine site maintenance

  14. Updated text on the page to improve clarity

  15. Updated with latest HM Treasury notice, 27/06/2017, Iran (Nuclear Proliferation) (Reg 2017/1124)

  16. Updated with: HM Treasury notice, 18/01/2017, Iran (Nuclear Proliferation) (Reg 2017/77)

  17. Updated with: HM Treasury notice, 24/10/2016, Iran (Nuclear Proliferation) (Judgements of the General Court)

  18. Page information presentation updated (how we link to EU regulations) - no new notice

  19. New notice 03/08/2016 Iran (Judgement of the General Court)

  20. New notice - Iran (Nuclear Proliferation) (Judgements of the General Court)

  21. New notice Iran Regulation 2016/74 added

  22. Web page text updated to reflect the latest notice.

  23. Updated due to new notice: Iran (Nuclear Proliferation): economic and financial sanctions relief under the JCPoA

  24. Updated web text to reflect Adoption Day (18 October) under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the publication of amended EU regulations

  25. New notice 2015/1327 and 2015/1328 added

  26. Notice 29/07/15 Iran (Judgment of the General Court of 22 June 2015)

  27. Updated with latest information on sanctions relief

  28. New Notice_2015_1001

  29. new notice

  30. Updated due to new notice, Iran (Nuclear Proliferation) (Reg 2015/230)

  31. New notice Iran (Nuclear Proliferation) (Reg 1202/2014) added and consolidated list.

  32. added notice and updated list

  33. added section: 21 July 2014 – limited sanctions relief remains in place until 24 November 2014

  34. added notice (Nuclear Proliferation) (Reg 397/2014)

  35. added Notice 27/02/14 Iran (Judgment of the General Court of 12 December 2013 )

  36. Link to Council Regulation 42/2014 added

  37. added notice 22/01/14 Iran (Judgment of the General Court of 12 November 2013 ); updated consolidated list

  38. added notice Iran (Reg 42/2014)

  39. added notice Iran (Reg 1361/2013)

  40. added 27/11/13 Iran (Reg 1203/2013)

  41. added Iran (Reg 1154/2013)

  42. added Treasury Notice, 29/07/13 Iran (Judgment of the General Court of 16 May 2012 – Transfo v Council)

  43. Removed: 21.11.2012 Financial Restrictions (Iran) Order 2012

  44. First published.