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U.S. Due to Ratchet Up Russia Sanctions after Skripal Poisoning

The State Department announced on August 8, 2018 that the Trump administration decided it will be imposing further sanctions on Russia. This round of sanctions would be imposed under the Chemical and Biological Warfare Act of 1991 as the U.S. has accused Russia for the March 2018 poison attack on former Russian agent Sergei Skripal […]

First Wave of U.S. Sanction on Iran Snap Back; Countries Seek Waivers to U.S. Sanctions

On August 7, 2018, the U.S. reinstated the first wave of sanctions against Iran as the 90-day wind-down period concluded. The Trump administration reimposed sanctions that prohibit Iran purchasing U.S. banknotes, commercial aircraft, trading gold and metals, and business with Iran’s automotive sector. The snapback provisions were evoked by President Trump’s May 8, 2018 decision […]

Turkey’s Response to U.S. Pressure via Sanctions and Tariffs

President Erdogan of Turkey said on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 that Turkey would prohibit the import of U.S. electronics in retaliation against the U.S. sanctions. The escalating tension between the two NATO allies has contributed to the significant devaluation of Turkey’s currency, the lira, which has lost more than 45% of its value in the […]

US Government Revokes County-Based Sanctions on Sudan

As of October 12, 2017, the broad country-based sanctions on Sudan were removed by the US government. Originally, the restrictions on Sudan were extensive like those on Iran, Cuba, and Syria. With the recent update, various persons and entities now have the legal ability to engage with Sudanese business entities. Details of the Sudan Sanctions […]

Decertifying the Iran Deal

President Trump must make a decision prior to October 15th on the certification of the Iran Nuclear Deal or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was implemented in January 2016. If it were decertified, the onus would be on the U.S. Congress to decide in 60 days whether to impose nuclear-related sanctions that were […]

New UN Security Council Sanctions and Current OFAC Sanctions on North Korea

On September 12th 2017, the Security Council passed, in a unanimous 15-0 vote, new economic sanctions against North Korea. These sanctions added an extra layer of international restrictions on the already isolated regime. The basis of the sanctions was drafted by the United States and after compromise with China and Russia were weakened just enough […]

OFAC Sanctions 271 Employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center

OFAC sanctions employees of Syria's scientific studies and research center

On April 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 271 employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC). This surprisingly large set of designations was in response to the April 4, 2017 sarin gas attack by the Syrian government on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria.

President Obama Sanctions Russian Entities and Individuals for Tampering with Election

Russian Entities Sanctions for election tampering

On December 29, 2016, President Obama took action to expand the scope of the Department of the Treasury’s Cyber-related Sanctions Program to include, among other things, tampering with election processes.  Specifically, the President issued an Executive Order, Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities. This Executive Order […]

Did Trump Violate the Cuba Sanctions?

washington dc ofac attorney details the recent report involving a potential violation of Cuba Sanctions by Donald Trump, and what penalties if any this may mean for the presidential nominee.

Newsweek broke a story that Donald Trump’s company may have violated the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR). Specifically, Newsweek claims that “[d]ocuments show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval.”

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