US imposes new sanctions on N Korea; more EU sanctions in the works

President Trump has imposed new sanctions on North Korea, in response to its latest nuclear and ballistic missile tests (see White House press release).  The sanctions:

  1. Authorise the imposition of correspondent account restrictions or blocking sanctions on any foreign financial institution that knowingly conducts or facilitates any significant transactions involving certain designated persons or trade with North Korea generally
  1. Impose a 180-day ban on vessels and aircraft that have visited North Korea, or have been involved in a ship-to-ship transfer with a vessel that has visited North Korea in the last 180 days, from visiting the US
  1. Authorise the Secretary of the Treasury to block any funds originating from, destined for, or passing through accounts linked to North Korea that come within the US or possession of a US person
  1. Authorise the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to impose sanctions on people involved in any of several industries in North Korea (construction, energy, financial services, fishing, IT, manufacturing, medical, mining, textiles, and transportation), North Korean ports, or at least one significant import/export to or from North Korea

Separately, the ambassadors of EU Member States are said to have provisionally agreed on a package of new sanctions on North Korea.  If agreed to by EU Foreign Ministers at their next meeting on 16 October, the sanctions are expected to ban all EU investment in North Korea, add to the range of luxury goods it is prohibited to export to the country, and impose an oil embargo.

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About Michael O'Kane

Michael O’Kane is a partner and Head of the Business Crime team at leading UK firm Peters & Peters. Described as ‘first-rate’ (Legal 500 2012), he “draws glowing praise from commentators” (Chambers 2013) for handling the international aspects of business crime, including sanctions, extradition and mutual legal assistance. Called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters he was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters(CPS). At CPS HQ he was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high profile fraud, terrorist and special interest criminal matters including the Stansted Airport Afghan hijacking and the prosecution of Paul Burrell (Princess Diana’s butler). Michael joined Peters & Peters in 2002. He became a partner in May 2004, and Head of the Business Crime team in May 2009. Since joining Peters & Peters, Michael has dealt with a wide range of business crime matters. He has particular expertise in international sanctions, criminal cartels, extradition, corruption, mutual legal assistance, and FSA investigations. Described as“ an influential practitioner in fraud and regulatory work, so much so that he is top of the referral lists of many City firms for independent advice for directors” (The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2009), he was recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative lawyers in the 2011 FT Innovative Lawyer Awards and included in the list of the UK's leading lawyers in 'The International Who's Who of Asset Recovery 2012. In 2012 he was the winner of the Global Competition Review Article of the Year. Michael regularly appears on television and radio to discuss his specialist areas and he is the author of the leading textbook on the UK Criminal Cartel Offence “The Law of Criminal Cartels-Practice and Procedure” (Oxford University Press 2009). Recent/Current Sanctions Work • Representing 109 individuals and 12 companies subject to designation by the European Council under targeted measures imposed against Zimbabwe. This is the largest and most complex collective challenge to a sanctions listing ever brought before the European Court. • Acting for a former Egyptian Minister and his UK resident wife, challenging their designation by the European Council of Ministers under targeted measures brought against former members of the Egyptian Government. • Advising a company accused in a UN investigation report to have breached UN sanctions imposed in relation to Somalia. • Advising a UK company in relation to ongoing commercial relationships with an Iranian company listed under both EU and UN sanctions. • Advising an individual in relation to a UK investigation for alleging breaching nuclear export controls.

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