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UK’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) Updates Financial Sanctions

OFSI, part of the HM Treasury, working toward ensuring that financial sanctions are properly implemented and enforced in the UK, has updated numerous financial sanctions that are currently in force. The recent updates are for financial sanctions in the following regions and industries: ISIL/Da’esh and Al-Qaida Organizations Nicaragua Venezuela Central African Republic Ukraine – Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity Syria Libya … Continue Reading

OFAC Reaches Settlement Agreement With e.l.f. Cosmetics, Inc.

On January 31, 2019, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with e.l.f. Cosmetics, Inc. in the amount of US$996,080 for potential civil liability relating to 156 apparent violations of North Korea Sanctions Regulations. The potential violations stem from importation of false eyelash kits from the People’s Republic of … Continue Reading

EU Updates Its List of Sanctioned Entities

In October 2018, the EU decided to amend its list of sanctioned entities and persons in the following countries: Burundi, Guinea and North Korea. Further, the European Commission added new persons to sanctions directed against the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida organizations, and removed restrictions imposed on one Iraqi entity. The up-to-date consolidated list of all entities and people subject to EU … Continue Reading

OFSI Updates Financial Sanctions

The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), which is part of HM Treasury and works to ensure that financial sanctions are properly implemented and enforced in the UK, has  updated a number of financial sanctions currently in force. The recent updates are as follows: Financial sanctions, Libya; Financial sanctions, Ukraine (Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity); Financial sanctions, North Korea (Democratic People’s … Continue Reading

OFAC Amends and Reissues North Korea Sanctions Regulations

On 1 March, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the amendment and reissuance in its entirety of the North Korea Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 510. These regulations were updated to reflect and incorporate the North Korea-related executive orders issued in recent years and additional changes to North Korea-related laws, specifically the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement … Continue Reading

OFAC Releases CAATSA Reports to Congressional Committees

On 29 January 2018, OFAC announced that it released five reports to Congressional Committees pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA). The reports include (1) Section 241: Report on Senior Foreign Political Figures and Oligarchs in the Russian Federation; (2) Section 104(e): Report on Contributions to Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program; … Continue Reading

OFAC Announces New North Korea-Related Designations

On 24 January 2018, OFAC designated nine entities, 16 individuals and six vessels “in response to North Korea’s ongoing development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and continued violations of United Nations Security Council Resolutions”. The designations “target agents of the Kim regime financing or otherwise supporting North Korea’s WMD programs and other illicit businesses”.… Continue Reading

EU Amends Restrictive Measures on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

On 8 January 2018, the EU aligned its North Korea sanctions list with part of UN Security Council Resolution 2397 adopted on 22 December 2017. Sixteen persons and one entity, the Ministry of the People‘s Armed Forces, have been added to the list of those subject to an asset freeze and travel restrictions (See Council … Continue Reading

FinCEN Issues Final Rule Further Restricting North Korean Access to the US Financial System

On 2 November, the US Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced the issuance of a final rule severing the Chinese financial institution Bank of Dandong from the US financial system. FinCEN found Bank of Dandong to be of primary money laundering concern under the USA PATRIOT Act, in connection with activities by … Continue Reading

President Imposes New Economic Sanctions Against North Korea

On 20 September, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) authorising broad new economic sanctions against North Korea, by targeting those dealing with the country. The Order, EO 13810, adds to the existing US embargo of North Korea by authorising the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to impose blocking sanctions against any person found to be participating … Continue Reading

EU Adopts New Sanctions on North Korea

On 16 October, the Foreign Affairs Council adopted new EU autonomous measures reinforcing the sanctions on North Korea imposed by the UN Security Council, effective immediately. They include a total ban on EU investment in North Korea across all sectors, whereas previously the ban related to certain sectors, such as the arms industry and chemical industries. Also, there is a … Continue Reading

UN Adopts New Sanctions Against North Korean Offcials and Entities

On 2 June 2017, the UN Security Council adopted new sanctions targeting 18 North Korean officials and entities as a result of North Korea’s recent ballistic missile tests. Under these sanctions, entities and people are subject to an asset freeze and travel ban in all UN countries. The EU’s implementing measures are Commission Regulation 2017/970, which amends Council Regulation 329/2007 … Continue Reading

US Treasury Department Proposes Financial Sanctions Against Chinese Bank to Address North Korea Concerns

On 29 June 2017, the US Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced a proposed rule that would designate China’s Bank of Dandong to be a foreign financial institution of primary money laundering concern under Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act. The measure responds to findings that the bank used the US financial system to facilitate millions of dollars … Continue Reading

HMRC Publishes Advisory Notice on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Controls in Overseas Jurisdictions

On 23 June 2017, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published information identifying jurisdictions with deficiencies in their antimoney laundering and counter-terrorist financing regimes. In response to this published information by the FATF, in its advisory notice, HM Treasury advises firms to consider North Korea and Iran as high-risk jurisdictions for the purposes of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007, and … Continue Reading

Congress Introduces North Korea and Iran Sanctions Legislation

House lawmakers introduced a new bill, the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act (H.R. 1644), that would expand existing sanctions targeting trade with the North Korean regime. Further, two new Iran sanctions bills were introduced in the House and Senate – the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1698) and the … Continue Reading

BIS Removes ZTE Corp. From Entity List

The US Department of State’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has removed from the Entity List China’s telecommunications equipment firms Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd., known collectively as ZTE. The action follows the agency’s recently announced, record-breaking settlement for US export controls violations, according to which those entities agreed to … Continue Reading

EU Amends North Korea Sanctions

With effect from 1 March 2017, the EU has amended its financial sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea to include additional prohibitions. In summary: (1) with effect from 1 March 2017, it is prohibited to open a new bank account held or controlled by a North Korean diplomatic mission, consular post or … Continue Reading

EU Removes Five Vessels from its North Korea Sanctions

The EU has removed five vessels from its sanctions against North Korea, implementing a UN decision to de-list them at the end of 2016. The EU had listed these vessels on its sanctions on North Korea for being operated or managed by listed entity Ocean Maritime Management Company. Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/80 amends Council Regulation … Continue Reading

Trade Talk: Week in Review (6-12 February 2017)

On Monday, 13 February, President Donald Trump welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House.  President Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Wednesday. The U.S. Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin to serve as Secretary of the Treasury on Monday evening.  Congress is scheduled to be in recess next … Continue Reading

South Korea and Japan Announce New Sanctions on North Korea

In response to its recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests, South Korea and Japan have announced that they are imposing new unilateral sanctions on North Korea. The announcements directly follow the UN Security Council’s decision to impose new sanctions on North Korea. Japan is set to impose asset freezes on more people and entities that … Continue Reading

UN Security Council Calls for Stricter Enforcement of Sanctions Against North Korea

The UN Security Council released a press statement on 6 September condemning the ballistic missile launches conducted by North Korea on 5 September, in direct violation of UN sanctions. The statement further added that members of the Security Council called upon all member states to redouble their efforts to implement fully the measures imposed on North Korea. Back in March … Continue Reading
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