Increasing Iran Metals Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Nuclear, Military, and Ballistic Missile Programs and the IRGC

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
January 15, 2021

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile
  • Military

Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and military programs pose continued threats to the world’s safety and security. To address these threats, I am increasing the scope of State Department-administered Iran metals-related sanctions. Today, the State Department is identifying 15 specific materials used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic missile programs. Those who knowingly transfer such materials to Iran are now sanctionable pursuant to Section 1245 of the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act.

Under this same provision of law, I am continuing my determination that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) controls Iran’s construction sector. It is important for the international community to remember that the IRGC’s construction firm and many of its subsidiaries remain sanctioned by the United Nations because they were directly involved in the clandestine construction of the uranium enrichment site at Fordow. As a result of this IRGC determination, any knowing transfer of certain materials, including graphite or raw or semi-finished metals, to or from Iran to be used in connection with the construction sector of Iran remains sanctionable.

The 15 materials I have determined are used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic missile programs are:

  • ALUMINIUM 6061-T6
  • ALUMINIUM 6061-O
  • ALUMINIUM 6063-T5
  • ALUMINIUM 7075-O
  • AISI 316L
  • 100Cr6
  • 115CrV3
  • ALUMINIUM 6061-F
  • AISI 309
  • AISI 304
  • ALUMINIUM 6063-T1
  • ALUMINIUM 7075-T6
  • ZIRCONIUM CARBIDE (ZrC)
  • ZrSiO2 (ZIRCON SAND, ZIRCONIUM SILICATE)
  • 4340 STEEL