Prepared Testimony by Acting Under Secretary Daniel Hill Before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs: Minimizing Potential Threats from Iran: Administration Perspectives on Economic Sanctions and Other U.S. Policy Options

October 6, 2009

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Related Country: 

  • Iran

I welcome the opportunity to appear before the Committee today to discuss the Department of Commerce’s role in administering and enforcing U.S. dual-use export control policies towards Iran. We work closely with our colleagues at the Departments of State and the Treasury, as well as other agencies, to implement the long-standing U.S. embargo on Iran effectively. 

The United States has had a trade embargo on Iran since May 1995. The United States took these steps because of Iran’s continued active support for terrorism and concerns that it is pursuing weapons of mass destruction.