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U.S. envoy threatens to trigger return of U.N. sanctions on Iran

The United States publicly threatened on Wednesday to trigger a return of all United Nations sanctions on Iran if the U.N. Security Council does not extend an arms embargo on Tehran that is due to expire in October under the Iran nuclear deal. U.S. special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook,… Read More

U.S. faces U.N. battle if it pushes for Iran embargo extension, snapback sanctions

The United States faces a tough, messy battle if it uses a threat to trigger a return of all United Nations sanctions on Iran as leverage to get the 15-member Security Council to extend and strengthen an arms embargo on Tehran, diplomats said. Washington has shared its strategy, confirmed by… Read More

UN calls for shipping reforms as North Korea escalates sanctions evasion

The UN Security Council is calling for digitisation of shipping documents, stricter know-your-customer requirements and restrictions on individual vessels, after uncovering North Korea’s extensive ability to evade sanctions on petrol, coal, sand and other commodities. A UN report finalised in March and seen by GTR says satellite imagery has revealed… Read More
22nd April 2020
The UN Security Council on Monday imposed sanctions on Central African Republic (CAR) former rebel leader Abdoulaye Miskine, who last year was one of the signatories of a peace agreement between the government and armed groups. Under the terms of the February 2019 accord, Miskine, founder and head of the… Read More
21st April 2020
Former billionaire Vijay Mallya lost a U.K. appeal to block his extradition to India, putting the fallen tycoon one step closer to facing fraud and money-laundering charges in his home country. A London court upheld a 2018 ruling to send him back to India over allegations that Mallya made… Read More
20th April 2020
South Korea has significantly improved its legal framework on fighting money-laundering, but it needs to step up efforts to prevent public officials from laundering bribes and to solidify its ability to freeze the assets of persons and entities blacklisted by the United Nations, a global anti-money-laundering watchdog said. The Financial… Read More
20th April 2020
AP — U.N. experts have recommended blacklisting 14 vessels for violating sanctions against North Korea in a report that accuses the country of increasing illegal coal exports, imports of petroleum products and continuing with cyber attacks on financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges to gain illicit revenue. The 267-page report, obtained… Read More
16th April 2020
İlker Aycı, then-president of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) and current Turkish Airlines (THY) board chairman, facilitated the investments and private businesses of one-time al-Qaeda financier Yasin al-Qadi, confidential documents have revealed. According to a wiretap authorized by a Turkish court as part of a corruption… Read More
10th April 2020
Experts looking at how North Korea continues to import and export goods despite numerous sanctions agree the country’s $1.5 billion cryptocurrency war chest is used to fund an illicit web of trade networks and supply chains. Blockchain analytics company Chainalysis said it is “comfortable” with the $1.5 billion figure stated… Read More
10th April 2020
The EU on Thursday welcomed a report by the global chemical weapons watchdog blaming the Syrian government for toxic attacks, and said it was ready to consider further sanctions on Damascus. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Wednesday for the first time explicitly blamed the regime of… Read More
27th March 2020
President Trump has called the coronavirus “the invisible enemy.” But when it comes to sanctions on North Korea, the pathogen may turn out to be his administration’s most effective ally. North Korea’s fear of coronavirus infection appears to have achieved what Mr. Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign against North Korean… Read More
27th March 2020
AP — Eight countries under unilateral sanctions, mainly from the United States and European Union, urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday to request the immediate and complete lifting of those measures to enable the nations to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. In a joint letter obtained by The Associated Press,… Read More
10th March 2020
North Korea has evaded United Nations sanctions for many months by exporting coal, sand and petroleum, and importing luxury goods including armored sedans, alcohol and robotic machinery. The findings are based on an upcoming U.N. report, other assessments using satellite images and shipping data, and interviews with analysts. The exports… Read More