On February 14, 2020, the Department of State published in the Federal Register a notice [Public Notice: 11034] that measures imposed pursuant to Section 3 of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (the Act) described in this notice against 13 persons went into effect February 3, 2020. A determination has been made that a number of foreign persons have engaged in activities that warrant the imposition of measures pursuant to Section 3 of the Act. The Act provides for penalties on foreign entities and individuals for the transfer to or acquisition from Iran since January 1, 1999; the transfer to or acquisition from Syria since January 1, 2005; or the transfer to or acquisition from North Korea since January 1, 2006, of goods, services, or technology controlled under multilateral control lists (Missile Technology Control Regime, Australia Group, Chemical Weapons Convention, Nuclear Suppliers Group, Wassenaar Arrangement) or otherwise having the potential to make a material contribution to the development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or cruise or ballistic missile systems. The latter category includes items of the same kind as those on multilateral lists but falling below the control list parameters when it is determined that such items have the potential of making a material contribution to WMD or cruise or ballistic missile systems, items on US national control lists for WMD/missile reasons that are not on multilateral lists, and other items with the potential of making such a material contribution when added through case-by-case decisions.
Pursuant to Section 3 of the Act, the following measures are imposed on the 13 persons named in the notice:
1. No department or agency of the United States Government (USG) may procure or enter into any contract for the procurement of any goods, technology, or services from these foreign persons, except to the extent that the Secretary of State otherwise may determine;
2. No department or agency of the USG may provide any assistance to these foreign persons, and these persons shall not be eligible to participate in any assistance program of the USG, except to the extent that the Secretary of State otherwise may determine;
3. No USG sales to these foreign persons of any item on the United States Munitions List are permitted, and all sales to these persons of any defense articles, defense services, or design and construction services under the Arms Export Control Act are terminated; and
4. No new individual licenses shall be granted for the transfer to these foreign persons of items the export of which is controlled under the Export Administration Act of 1979 or the Export Administration Regulations, and any existing such licenses are suspended.
These measures shall be implemented by the responsible departments and agencies of the USG and will remain in place for two years from the effective date, except to the extent that the Secretary of State may subsequently determine otherwise.