- In 1972 Washington refused to conduct any dialogue or any diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level with the Jamahiriya. On 30 May 1973, a US aircraft entered Libyan air space during the maneuvers of the Sixth Fleet.

- In 1974 the delivery of 8 DC 1309 planes to Libya was blocked, despite the previous payment of $60,000 in cash.

- On 3 January 1975 the US Secretary of State threatened to use force against oil-producing countries.

- In 1977 the Pentagon put the Jamahiriya on its list of enemies of the USA.