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Trump Administration Rolls Back Relaxation of Iran Sanctions

Thursday, June 28, 2018

As part of the Trump Administration decision to withdraw U.S. participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the U.S. has started the process of rolling back certain Iran Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR) amendments that were previously made to implement JCPOA related sanctions reductions.  On June 28, 2018, the Office of Foreign Asset Controls published a final rule action outlining the initial ITSR amendments that will be rolled back to pre-JCPOA status.  

While the changes in ITSR and other Iran sanctions will have only tangential impacts on the current educational and research activities of U.S. educational research institutions, the ongoing effort to return to pre-JCPOA status when it comes to efforts involving Iran are being monitored by the University Export Compliance Office (UECO).  Faculty and staff with questions about the impact of U.S. export and sanctions laws on activities with or related to Iran, should contact the UECO for additional guidance given the ongoing changing nature of such sanctions programs.

For additional background information on the JCPOA and its impact on University efforts, please see a summary memo prepared by the UECO that outlines the general history of the JCPOA, the roll back of U.S. participation, and the potential impacts of these changes on University programs involving Iran.