The Council of the EU has issued a statement of its conclusions calling on all sides to bring an immediate end to all violence in Rakhine State. It confirmed “the relevance of the current EU restrictive measures which consist of an embargo on arms and on equipment that can be used for internal repression”, and has said that “the Council may consider additional measures if the situation does not improve but also stands ready to respond accordingly to positive developments.”
President Putin has issued a decree which ends economic, scientific and technical ties between Russia and DPRK, in line with sanctions on N Korea imposed by UN Security Council resolution 2321 (2016). The decree was published on the Russian-state legal portal (link here).
Following US President Trump’s decision not to certify Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA (see previous blog here), the EU has issued a press release saying it is “committed to the continued full and effective implementation of all parts of the JCPOA” and that the US decision is “an internal US process”. The EU encourages the US to “maintain its commitment to the JCPOA and to consider the implications for the security of the US, its partners and the region before taking further steps.” It repeats the need to address concerns related to ballistic missiles and increasing tensions in the region outside the JCPOA, “in the relevant formats and fora”. It further states that “at a time of acute nuclear threat the EU is determined to preserve the JCPOA as a key pillar of the international non-proliferation architecture.”
The EU has adopted today new measures against DPRK, under Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1858, which expand the ban on EU investment in and with the DPRK to all sectors, decreases the amount of personal remittances that can be sent to the DPRK from €15,000 to €5,000, and imposes a prohibition on oil exports to the DPRK. The Council has also adopted Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1859, which adds 3 persons and 6 entities to the list of those subject to an asset freeze and travel restriction (for that list, see Annexes XV and XVI of Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1509).
These new measures add to those adopted by the EU on 10 October, which implemented the sectoral sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council resolution 2375 (2017) (for the previous blog, click here).
The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) under Executive Order 13224 for its “activities in support of the IRGC-Qods Force… for providing support to a number of terrorist groups, including Hizballah and Hamas, as well as to the Taliban”. OFAC also designated 4 other entities (Shahid Alamolhoda Industries, Rastafann, Ranamoj and Wuhan Sanjiang Import and Export Co Ltd) under EO 13382, which targets WMD proliferators and their supporters, for their support to the IRGC or the Iranian military. For the OFAC press release, click here.
President Trump announced in a speech today that he will not scrap the JCPOA (he wants strict compliance with it) but will not certify that Iran is complying with it, which means that Congress now has 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions. The President has unveiled a new “strategy” document on Iran. A joint statement by EU leaders May, Macron & Merkel expresses concern about his decision.
The UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) has renewed the designations of 2 entities under the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010. For the OFSI Notice, click here.