U.S. Sanctions


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Venezuela Hit again by U.S. Sanctions: Next Cuba?

On 26 July 2017, OFAC imposed a new wave of sanctions against Venezuela. The OFAC action blacklists 13 current or former senior officials of the Venezuelan Government that the U.S. Government holds responsible for the undermining of democracy, violence against opposition protesters and corruption.  As a result, all assets of these individuals subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and U.S. persons are prohibited from dealing with them.


U.S. Government Hits China-based Bank of Dandong for supporting North Korean sanctions violations

On 29 June 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that the Bank of Dandong, a Chinese bank, is a foreign bank of primary money laundering concern under Section 311 USA Patriot Act). Furthermore, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control blacklisted two Chinese individuals and one Chinese company in response to North Korea’s ongoing WMD development and continued violations of UN Security Council resolutions.




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U.S. Sanctions Venezuelan Supreme Court

On 18-05-2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s OFAC slapped sanctions on Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia or TSJ and Constitutional Chamber TSJ-C). OFAC designated eight members of the TSJ for their contribution to undermining the Venezuelan democratic process). Specifically, the black-listings are based on Executive Order 13692, which impose both a travel ban (into the U.S.) and freeze all assets (subject to U.S. jurisdiction) of the blacklisted judges. As a result, all U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with these persons.



U.S. Congress slaps North Korea with more sanctions

On 04 May 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act (H.R. 1644). This latest salvo of U.S. sanctions against North Korea aims to thwart Pyongyang’s advancing nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The sanctions target North Korea’s shipping industry and use of slave labor. The approved bill has now moved to the U.S. Senate, who must now approve the restrictive measures.


Nuclear Deal Still Alive: Joint Commission meets to review Iran Nuclear Deal

On 25 April 2017, the Joint Commission (JC) established by the Iran Nuclear Deal, met in Vienna to review the implementation of the Nuclear Deal. Under the Nuclear Deal, the JC is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the JCPOA. The meeting, 5th meeting of the JC discussed amongst other things: cooperation in the field of civil nuclear safety, the modernization program of Arak, and sanctions relief.