On 27 July 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control published a settlement agreement with Singapore based CSE Global Limited and CSE TransTel Pte. Ltd. Both companies agreed to pay $12,027,066 to settle potential civil liability for 104 violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (“ITSR”) and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”). The case is an example of the expanding extra-territorial reach of U.S. sanctions.
On 09 August 2017, Mexican soccer legend Rafael Márquez was blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). He was placed on the Specially Designated Nationals List), under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). As a SDN, persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are prohibited from doing any business with the soccer giant.
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.
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.
On 16 June 2017, President Trump announced, that the U.S. would be rolling back Obama-era Cuba sanctions relaxations. As a consequence, the Trump Administration will reinstate travel and commercial restrictions eased by the Obama administration in an attempt to obtain additional concessions from the Cuban government.
UN slaps the North Korean hermit state again with further sanctions, including a travel ban and asset freeze on it’s spy-master….
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.
On 24 April 2017, the U.S. Government blacklisted 271 Syrian persons for the chemical attack on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun (Idlib province in Northern Syria). The blacklisting consists designating 271 employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center.
On 07 March 2017, the U.S. announced that China’s Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd., (ZTE), has agreed to a record-high combined civil and criminal penalty of $1.19 billion, after illegally shipping telecommunications equipment to Iran and North Korea in violation of U.S. export controls and sanctions.
On 28 February 2017, OFAC announced a $515,400 settlement agreement with United Medical Instruments, Inc. regarding 56 violations of U.S. Iran sanctions. The violations occurred between 2007-2009.