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An arms embargo is an "embargo that applies to weaponry, and may also apply to ""dual-use technology". An arms embargo may serve one or more purposes.


Historical examples[edit]


US President "Jimmy Carter implemented an arms embargo against the 1976 Argentinian "Proceso de Reorganizacion Nacional (National Reorganization Process) "military junta due to the "Dirty War that took place from 1974 to 1983. The embargo was joined by the "United Kingdom following the 1982 "Falklands War. The ban was lifted in the 1990s after Argentina was named as a "Major non-NATO ally. During those years, Argentine armed forces shifted to "Western European countries and "Israel for supplies.


The "United States government imposed an arms embargo against Indonesia in 1999 due to human rights violations in "East Timor. The embargo was lifted in 2005.


The United States imposed economic sanctions against Iran following the "Iranian Revolution of 1979. However, to secure the release of American hostages, several senior "Reagan Administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran in the 1980s, in a scandal called the "Iran–Contra affair.[1] In 1995 the US "expanded sanctions to include firms dealing with the Iranian government.[2]

In March 2007, "UN Security Council Resolution 1747 tightened the "sanctions imposed on Iran in connection with the "Iranian nuclear program. The UN sanctions were lifted on 16 January 2016.

People's Republic of China[edit]

The United States and the European Union stopped exporting arms to China after 1989, due to the "Chinese government's violent suppression of "protests in Tiananmen Square. In 2004-05, there was some debate in the EU over whether to lift the embargo.[3] [4]

South Africa[edit]

The "arms embargo of South Africa from 1977 extended to dual-use items. The embargo was lifted by "Resolution 919 in 1994.

List of current arms embargoes[edit]

The countries included in the list are under arms embargo of the "United Nations or another international organization ("EU, "OSCE and others) or country. In some cases the arms embargo is supplemented by a general "trade embargo, other "sanctions (financial) or "travel ban for specific persons. In some cases the arms embargo applies to any entity residing or established in the country, but in others it is partial – the recognized government forces and international "peacekeepers are exempted from the embargo.

Former embargos[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Iran-Contra Affair 20 Years On. The National Security Archive (George Washington University), 2006-11-24
  2. ^ Ariel Zirulnick (24 February 2011). "Sanction Qaddafi? How 5 nations have reacted to sanctions: Iran". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.sldinfo.com/the-eu-arms-embargo-repeal-debate/ The EU Arms Embargo Repeal Debate
  4. ^ https://www.academia.edu/5475879/The_EU_Arms_Embargo_on_China_a_Swedish_Perspective_2010_/ Hellström, Jerker (2010) "The EU Arms Embargo on China: a Swedish Perspective", Swedish Defence Research Agency
  5. ^ OSCE Nagorno Karabakh arms embargo Archived June 4, 2009, at the "Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Security Council arms embargo Archived July 4, 2014, at the "Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ EU Myanmar arms embargo Archived January 18, 2010, at the "Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ EU China arms embargo Archived January 18, 2010, at the "Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ US China arms embargo Archived October 23, 2008, at the "Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ DR Congo arms embargo Archived January 18, 2010, at the "Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Ivory Coast embargo Archived May 8, 2009, at the "Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ EU Sanctions measures Archived March 31, 2010, at the "Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ EU Guinea embargo Archived January 18, 2010, at the "Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Iran embargo Archived November 25, 2009, at the "Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Iraq embargo Archived June 9, 2009, at the "Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "UN Security Council keeps Libya arms embargo in place". "Al Jazeera English. March 28, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  17. ^ North Korea embargo Archived June 15, 2009, at the "Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Lebanon embargo Archived February 14, 2010, at the "Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Somalia embargo Archived January 18, 2010, at the "Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ Sudan embargo Archived January 18, 2010, at the "Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ EU Uzbekistan embargo Archived December 13, 2009, at the "Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-07. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  23. ^ EU Zimbabwe embargo Archived June 4, 2009, at the "Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ Rwanda embargo Archived February 18, 2010, at the "Wayback Machine.
  25. ^ National Archives (UK)
  26. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/09/29/lifts-arms-embargo-sierra-leone/
  27. ^ EU impose arms embargo on Syria
  28. ^ [1]
  29. ^ US Arms Embargo against Turkey – after 30 Years, An Institutional Approach towards US Policy Making
  30. ^ "United Nations Security Council Resolution 713

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