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China complicit in bypassing UN sanctions to launder North Korean money, report suggests

A new investigation into companies trading in the Chinese city of Dandong, on the border with North Korea, has shed a spotlight on Pyongyang’s global money laundering networks and raised fresh questions about China’s complicity in bypassing United Nations sanctions against Kim Jong-un’s regime. “The Billion Dollar Border Town,” a… Read More

UN Security Council rejects US demand to ‘snapback’ sanctions on Iran

The UN on Tuesday dismissed a controversial bid by the United States to reimpose all international sanctions against Iran, laying bare the differences between Washington and other members of the Security Council on Iran policy. The council presidency, held by Indonesia since in August, said it was “not in a… Read More

Xinjiang’s sprawling conglomerate may be biggest ever to face US sanctions

One of China’s most secretive and expansive organisations, the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, has moved into an international spotlight it would probably rather avoid after the entity and three of its officials were put on a United States sanctions list for links to alleged human rights abuses. Known… Read More
24th August 2020
AP – Pakistan has issued sweeping orders enforcing financial sanctions against Afghanistan’s Taliban, just as the militant group is in the midst of a U.S.-led peace process in the neighboring country. Pakistan’s foreign ministry in a statement late on Saturday said the sanctions are not new but rather are… Read More
21st August 2020
The U.S.’s closest allies on Thursday rebuked the Trump administration over its effort to reinstate international sanctions on Iran, opening a rift in the United Nations Security Council over the handling of Tehran’s nuclear program and its regional ambitions. The U.K., France and Germany said the U.S. lacked standing to… Read More
6th August 2020
AP — U.N. experts say North Korea is flouting U.N. sanctions by expanding its nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile program and by exporting coal and illegally importing refined petroleum products in excess of its annual quota. The experts said in key sections of a report obtained Tuesday by The… Read More
30th July 2020
The UK’s top sanctions regulator has issued landmark guidance for all companies involved in maritime trade, instructing them to pay closer attention to vessel behaviour, company structures and potentially forged documents. The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) warns that “a variety of tactics are deployed to confuse or conceal… Read More
29th July 2020
U.N. investigators monitoring compliance with sanctions on North Korea are looking into a possible military and technology deal between Pyongyang and Venezuela and have warned Caracas that it could be in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. In two previously unreported letters to Venezuela’s U.N. ambassador, Samuel Moncada – sent… Read More
20th July 2020
The leaders of France, Germany and Italy on Saturday threatened for the first time to use sanctions against countries that continued to violate a United Nations arms embargo on Libya. French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte urged “all foreign actors to end… Read More
16th July 2020
A long-awaited advisory from the US’ Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has changed the rules of the game for maritime trade. The sanctions regulator – which sits within the Department of the Treasury and has the power to hand out multi-billion dollar fines to entities anywhere in the world… Read More
6th July 2020
Sixty-two countries violated United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea over a one-year period, according to a report from a Washington, D.C.-based think tank The Institute for Science and International Security report, released Wednesday, cites over 250 alleged violations from February 2019 to February 2020 based on… Read More
1st July 2020
Over the past 12 months, under its Chinese presidency, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has made a welcome effort to engage with and promote the importance of financial investigation as a tool to combat the illegal wildlife trade (IWT). As per his objectives, Xiangmin Liu has used his… Read More
23rd June 2020
AP — The U.N. Security Council warned Monday that armed groups violating a 2019 peace agreement in the Central African Republic could face international sanctions, and it urged all signatories to stick to their commitments and respond to cease-fire calls. The council in a statement welcomed progress in implementing the… Read More