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Embargo

The legal prohibition of the sale of goods to or purchase of goods from a country. An embargo may be partial. For instance, a country may boycott all bananas from a certain country. An embargo usually occurs for political or security reasons. For example, in 1962 the United States imposed an embargo on nearly all trade with Cuba in response to the nationalization of American business interests in Cuba.

embargo

the prohibition of the IMPORT and EXPORT of particular types of product (for example, military equipment) or a complete ban on trade with a particular country as an adjunct to the political policies pursued by the government.
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The license excludes the work of senior government officials in embargoed countries (for instance, the memoirs of Fidel Castro, or the uncollected speeches of high-ranking Iranian clerics--two hypothetical books which would be of real value to American readers); and there is no guarantee of permanence or transfer of this general license to any newly-embargoed nation.
When: The Summary File 2 for these states will be available on an embargoed basis for accredited media who are registeredfor access Tuesday, April 24 at 10 a.