2014 NCTC Counterterrorism Calendar The NCTC Seal
State Sponsors of Terrorism
as of 17 December 2010

Countries determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism are designated pursuant to three laws: section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act. Taken together, the four main categories of sanctions resulting from designation under these authorities include restrictions on US foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.

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1 March 1982
19 January 1984
12 August 1993
29 December 1979

Designation under the above-referenced authorities also implicates other sanctions laws that penalize persons and countries engaging in certain trade with state sponsors. Four countries are currently designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism: Cuba (designated on 1 March 1982), Iran (19 January 1984), Sudan (12 August 1993) and Syria (29 December 1979).

To designate a country as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, the Secretary of State must determine that the government of such country has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism. Once a country is designated, it remains a State Sponsor of Terrorism until the designation is rescinded in accordance with statutory criteria. A wide range of sanctions are imposed as a result of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation, including:

  1. A ban on arms-related exports and sales.

  2. Controls over exports of dual-use items, requiring 30-day Congressional notification for goods or services that could significantly enhance the terrorist-list country’s military capability or ability to support terrorism.

  3. Prohibitions on economic assistance.

  4. Imposition of miscellaneous financial and other restrictions

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