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Iran Struggling to Pry Trapped Billions From South Korean Banks

South Korean banks wary of U.S. sanctions are holding tight to billions of dollars of Iranian funds, Iran says, apparently unwilling to budge before Joe Biden assumes the U.S. presidency. The banks won’t release $7 billion of payments for Iranian oil that are stuck in won-denominated deposits in South Korea,… Read More

Trump Administration Imposed More Postelection Sanctions Than Recent Administrations

The Trump administration issued a flurry of sanctions after Election Day, a move that could complicate foreign policy for the Biden administration, sanctions policy observers said. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced 307 designations of blacklisted individuals and entities between Nov. 3 and Tuesday, the last… Read More

EU sets out plans to limit US dollar reliance, reduce sanctions risks

The European Union has set out plans to strengthen the international role of the euro, as its seeks to erode the dominance on the U.S. dollar and lessen the bloc’s vulnerability to financial risks, including U.S. sanctions. The plan includes measures to help protect against currency shocks, and allow greater… Read More
19th January 2021
Iran’s central bank criticized a European Union payment channel designed to allow European companies to avoid U.S. sanctions, portraying it as useless and saying Iran won’t be diverting resources to it. European governments have “no idea” how to finance the conduit set up two years ago,… Read More
15th January 2021
In October 2014, Canadian intelligence leaders were invited to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s headquarters in Chantilly, Va. The DEA had a theory: the upper echelons of global money laundering, terrorism, drug-trafficking and organized crime all bleed together. And only a handful of men in this murky world of extremely… Read More
15th January 2021
The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two Iranian foundations controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and their subsidies, saying the institutions enabled Iran’s elite to sustain a “corrupt” system of ownership over large parts of the economy. The designations announced by the U.S. Treasury Department target Execution of Imam… Read More
14th January 2021
Iran demands the removal of the so-called snapback mechanism in its nuclear accord, which could revive all U.N. sanctions against Tehran, in the event of new talks with world powers, a senior aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. Under the 2015 deal, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear… Read More
14th January 2021
Two Iranian nationals living in Ontario have been arrested for allegedly conspiring to export products to Iran in violation of sanctions, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Ameni Yousefi Jam, 33, was arrested in Canada and was scheduled to appear in court in Toronto on Wednesday for extradition proceedings. Meanwhile,… Read More
7th January 2021
The United States has blacklisted 16 companies and an individual linked to Iran’s metals industry as part of continued efforts by the outgoing administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to deprive the country of revenue. The U.S. Treasury said late on January 5 that it was targeting the Iranian metals… Read More
7th January 2021
Justice Department alleges a worldwide money laundering conspiracy of roughly $1bn to circumvent sanctions on Tehran. The US government collected $7m in Iranian assets for victims of state-sponsored “terrorism”, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. The money was the US share of a civil forfeiture that targeted attempts to violate… Read More
6th January 2021
By Julett Pineda Sleinan, OCCRP, 5 January 2021 OCCRP — A court in Cape Verde ruled on Monday that Colombian businessman and Venezuela’s special envoy Alex Saab can be extradited to the United States where he is facing money laundering charges in connection with a bribery… Read More
4th January 2021
The maritime sanction compliance advisories published by the United Nations Security Council Panel of Experts for North Korea, the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in May 2020 and the UKs Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) in July 2020, have all added to the growing… Read More
31st December 2020
The U.S. Treasury has settled with BitGo over charges that it facilitated users in sanctioned areas to transact using its crypto wallet services between 2015 and 2019. BitGo, an institutional crypto custodian service and wallet operator, did not do due diligence in blocking wallet users based in Crimea, Cuba, Iran,… Read More