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United States Terminates Sanctions Against Sudan

The Trump Administration has announced its decision to revoke the comprehensive economic sanctions against Sudan. The termination was effective as of Oct. 12, 2017. In January 2017, President Obama suspended the Sudan sanctions regime for a period of six months, pending a final review of U.S. policy toward Sudan. In July 2017, the Trump Administration … Continue Reading

U.S. Imposes Additional Sanctions on North Korea

Amid escalating U.S.-North Korea tensions, over the past month, the United States imposed several new rounds of sanctions against North Korea. The new sanctions measures are designed to reduce the flow of economic resources from non-U.S. sources to North Korea. Continue Reading.… Continue Reading

U.S. Imposes Additional Sanctions Against Venezuela

President Trump has signed an Executive Order limiting the Venezuelan government’s access to the U.S. financial system.  The new sanctions are the latest in a quick succession of U.S. sanctions measures issued in response to the deteriorating political situation in Venezuela.  Notably, while previous U.S. sanctions directives targeted specific Venezuelan individuals and entities only, the … Continue Reading

President Signs New Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Measures into Law

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (HR 3364) into law. The bill had received near-unanimous support in Congress. The new law combines three separate sanctions measures: the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act (CIDAA), the Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act (CRIEEA), and the Korean Interdiction … Continue Reading

U.S. Sanctions Venezuelan President, Additional Sanctions May Follow

On July 31, 2017, the Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced further sanctions against Venezuela, specifically targeting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros. The sanctions against President Maduro are the second set of sanctions that the United States has imposed against Venezuela in the past week, as 13 Venezuelan individuals, including members … Continue Reading

U.S. Sanctions Venezuelan Individuals, Including PDVSA Officials

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has recently sanctioned 13 Venezuelan individuals alleged to be involved in human rights abuses and corruption. According to the Trump Administration, the new sanctions were imposed in part to pressure the Venezuelan government not to proceed with a proposed rewrite of the Venezuelan … Continue Reading

Congress Overwhelmingly Approves New Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Measures

On July 27, 2017, the Senate overwhelmingly passed (98-2) the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (HR 3364), previously passed in the House of Representatives (419-3) on July 25, 2017. This bill combines three separate sanctions measures: the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act (CIDAA), the Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act (CRIEEA), and … Continue Reading

U.S. Government Suspends Comprehensive Sanctions on Sudan

Effective Jan. 17, 2017, the U.S. government significantly eased restrictions on transactions between U.S. persons and Sudan, against which comprehensive sanctions had previously been in place. Specifically, on Jan. 13, 2017, President Obama issued an Executive Order (EO), “Recognizing Positive Actions by the government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions,” … Continue Reading

United States Imposes Targeted Sanctions Against Russian Intelligence Agencies and Operatives Accused of U.S. Presidential Election Hacking

In late December 2016 and early January 2017, the U.S. government took action to sanction Russian individuals and intelligence agencies determined to be involved in hacking activities related to the November U.S. presidential election. Continue Reading.… Continue Reading

U.S. Extends Authorization for Transactions with Sanctioned Belarusian Entities

On April 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued General License No. 2A  extending its previous Oct. 29, 2015, Belarus-related general authorization (General License 2) to engage in transactions with all sanctioned Belarusian entities. The previous General License 2 expired April 29, 2016. OFAC General License 2A … Continue Reading

New North Korea Sanctions Designations

Further to the newly-enacted North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 (H.R. 757) (the Act) summarized in our previous GT Alert, on March 16, 2016, President Obama issued an executive order implementing a number of sanctions measures pursuant to the Act. The EU has also introduced new sanctions against North Korea, following the … Continue Reading

U.S. Further Eases Restrictions on Cuba Travel and Financial Transactions

In its most recent move in a series of changes designed to increase engagement between the United States and Cuba, and in line with the Administration’s policy, on March 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the existing Cuban Assets Control Regulations (Cuba Sanctions Regulations) in three … Continue Reading

President Obama Signs Legislation Tightening North Korea Sanctions

On Feb. 18, 2016, President Obama signed into law the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 (H.R. 757) (the Act), a bill tightening U.S. sanctions against North Korea.  The legislation imposes strict licensing requirements for the export or reexport to North Korea of any U.S.-origin goods, software, or technology, and grants the … Continue Reading

EU Lifts Majority of Belarus Sanctions

On Feb. 15, 2016, European Union (EU) foreign ministers met in Brussels and agreed to permanently lift most EU sanctions against Belarus. The unanimous decision, effective March 1, 2016, will result in the termination of travel bans and asset freezes currently in place against 170 Belarusian individuals, including the president of Belarus. The decision also … Continue Reading

Iran Deal is Implemented: U.S. and EU Remove Nuclear-Related Sanctions on Iran

Jan. 16, 2016 marked “Implementation Day” of the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the U.S. initiated the removal of its nuclear-related sanctions against Iran and the EU removed the majority of its existing Iran-related sanctions. The final precondition to Implementation Day was met when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a … Continue Reading

The Next Modest Wave of Cuba Thaw—U.S. Eases Restrictions on Exports, Export Trade Financing, and Artistic Productions

On Jan. 27, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) once again amended the existing Cuban Assets Control Regulations (Cuba Sanctions Regulations) to open the door for further U.S. engagement with Cuba. The amendments remove certain restrictions on the financing of exports to Cuba as well as restrictions on … Continue Reading

U.S. Sanctions Mexican Executive, Airline, and Newspaper Tied to Drug Trafficking Organization

On Dec. 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated a Mexican national, Naim Libien Tella, and four Mexican entities linked to Libien Tella, under the Kingpin Act. The new designations, which include a Mexican airline and newspaper, stem from Libien Tella’s narco-trafficking activities in association with the … Continue Reading

Iran Deal Delivered to U.S. Congress and U.N. Resolution Issued

On July 19, 2015, the U.S. State Department transmitted the Iran nuclear deal to Congress, commencing Congress’ 60-day review period. In addition, as required under the JCPOA, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal on July 20, 2015. In this GT Alert, the authors discuss the impact of the moves on those … Continue Reading

Iran Nuclear Deal Reached – Prospects for Sanctions Relief

On July 14, 2015, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) plus Germany and Iran announced that they had reached a final deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program. In this GT Alert, the authors discuss the impact of the deal on those conducting business in … Continue Reading

U.S. Treasury & Commerce Departments Issue New Crimea Authorizations and Clarifications

The U.S. Government has amended the Crimea sanctions, in part, to foster and support the free flow of information to individual citizens in the Crimea region of Ukraine (Crimea) and to ensure that the sanctions against Crimea do not have the unintended effect of preventing companies from providing personal communications tools to individuals in Crimea. … Continue Reading

U.S. and EU Achieve Framework for Deal in Iran Nuclear Talks

On April 2, 2015, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) plus Germany, the European Union, and Iran came to agreement on a framework for achieving a final deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program. This framework forms the foundation for the Joint Comprehensive Plan … Continue Reading

Cuba to Be Removed from U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism List

On April 14, 2015, President Obama announced the removal of Cuba from the U.S. list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, a move that will allow the elimination of certain economic sanctions and pave the way for the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. In this GT Alert, the authors discuss the … Continue Reading

U.S. Adds to its List of Ukraine-Related Sanctions

On March 11, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed new Ukraine-related targeted sanctions on several Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities in response to Russian violations of the ceasefire brokered in February 2015 between the parties associated with separatist violence in Ukraine. The newest measures add 14 … Continue Reading
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