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6th December 2017 - Quoted by Kyra Gurney - The Miami Herald

In Washington, Venezuela’s plan to create a ‘Bitcoin’ seen as a sign of desperation

Yaya J. Fanusie

Venezuela’s announcement that it plans to launch a national crypto-currency to evade U.S. sanctions has been met with skepticism in Washington, where lawmakers see the proposal as a sign of the regime’s increasing desperation.

6th December 2017 - Quoted by Javier E. David - CNBC

Al Qaeda’s arm in N. Africa has made around $100 million through ransom and drug trading, study says

Yaya J. Fanusie, Alex Entz

An affiliate of al-Qaeda that has executed several attacks across Africa — and is considered the organization's wealthiest branch — is sitting on millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains that help fund its deadly activities across the region, a new report said.

4th December 2017 - Quoted by Ian Talley - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Accuses Chinese Banks, but Treads Lightly

Anthony Ruggiero

The Trump administration is locked in a diplomatic quandary as it tries to pressure North Korea: How to sanction Pyongyang’s top ally and patron—China—without alienating an economic powerhouse that is arguably the best hope to slow its rogue nuclear-weapons program.

1st December 2017 - Quoted by Dwayne Harmon - Newburgh Gazette

‘Major sanctions’ coming against North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

Trump didn't specify what country would impose additional sanctions. "Perhaps more restrictions can be placed on [North Korean] laborers [working in China] or they can be banned completely", he said. Newburgh Gazette...

1st December 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Calls for Oil Ban and Complete Diplomatic Isolation of North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero, Mathew Ha

The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting Wednesday following North Korea’s third intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the thirteenth meeting of the Security Council this year. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called for the body to isolate...

30th November 2017 - Quoted by Nirmal Ghosh - Straits Times

As time runs out, analysts doubt harsher sanctions can stop Pyongyang

Anthony Ruggiero

The United States has responded to North Korea's third test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, its most powerful yet, with a call for all nations to cut off diplomatic and trade ties with Pyongyang.

30th November 2017 - Quoted by Daniel Shane - CNN Money

North Korea’s economy: What’s left for Trump to sanction?

Anthony Ruggiero

President Trump says he's getting ready to turn up the heat on North Korea again. But after a heavy clampdown on Kim Jong Un's regime this year, what options are left?

29th November 2017 - Fox News

It’s time to ramp up the pressure on North Korea and China after latest missile test

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea’s third successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday should prompt President Trump to quicken the pace of his policy of putting “maximum pressure” on the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

28th November 2017 - Citado por Ultima Hora

Impuesto al tabaco: “Están defendiendo los negocios de Cartes”

Emanuele Ottolenghi

La senadora por el Frente Guasu Esperanza Martínez lamentó la ausencia de sus colegas oficialistas para dictaminar el proyecto que pretende aumentar el impuesto al tabaco. Dijo que están defendiendo los negocios del presidente Horacio Cartes.

24th November 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

North Korean economy keeps humming despite ever-tighter sanctions

Anthony Ruggiero

Despite years of ever-tighter international sanctions, North Korea's economy has proven resilient and seems to have fended off the suffering President Trump has sought to halt the country's nuclear program.

22nd November 2017 - Quoted by Hamish Macdonald - NK News

North Korea responds to state sponsor of terrorism listing

Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls SSOT listing a "provocation," vows to hold onto nuclear weapons.

22nd November 2017 - FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

Congress Supports Financial Transparency for Iranian Transactions

Annie Fixler , Tyler Stapleton

The House Financial Services Committee approved last week the Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act, which codifies in law a set of conditions that the U.S. Treasury must use to evaluate licenses for the sale of commercial aircraft to Iran.

22nd November 2017 - Quoted by Donna Borak - CNN Money

Trump administration slaps more sanctions on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

The Trump administration intensified pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to disband his nuclear weapons program by imposing another round of sanctions -- this time, on one Chinese businessman and several North Korean shipping and trading companies and vessels.

21st November 2017 - Quoted by Iran Focus

US Exposes Iranian Counterfeit Ring

Behnam Ben Taleblu

American officials have exposed a “large-scale” counterfeiting ring, orchestrated by the Iranian Regime, which was sophisticated enough to fool European regulators, on Monday, November 20.

21st November 2017 - Quoted by Jesse Johnson - The Japan Times

U.S. relisting of North Korea as state sponsor of terror seen as symbolic step with limited impact

Anthony Ruggiero

The decision by the United States to relist North Korea’s “murderous regime” as a state sponsor of terrorism hands Washington and Tokyo a symbolic victory, but will do little to solve the nuclear crisis roiling the Korean Peninsula, experts say.

21st November 2017 - Quoted by Dan Merica, Jeremy Diamond and Zachary Cohen - CNN

Trump names North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism

Anthony Ruggiero

President Donald Trump, in the latest demonstration of increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

21st November 2017 - Quoted by Joel Schectman and David Brunnstrom - Reuters

U.S. sanctions 13 Chinese and North Korean organizations

Anthony Ruggiero

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on 13 Chinese and North Korean organizations Washington accused of helping evade nuclear restrictions against Pyongyang and supporting the country through trade of commodities like coal.

20th November 2017 - Quoted by Ian Talley - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Treasury Sanctions ‘Large-Scale’ Iran Counterfeiting Ring

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration on Monday imposed sanctions on what the Treasury Department describes as a “large-scale” Iranian counterfeiting ring that it says is run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

20th November 2017 - Quoted by Jackie Northam - NPR

U.S. To Impose More Sanctions On North Korea, But How Effective Will They Be?

Anthony Ruggiero

When President Trump announced Monday that the U.S. intends to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, he said the U.S. will also announce the imposition of additional sanctions on Pyongyang.

20th November 2017 - Quoted by Matthew Pennington and Zeke Miller - The Associated Press

President Trump Declares North Korea a State Sponsor of Terror

Anthony Ruggiero

President Donald Trump announced Monday the U.S. is putting North Korea’s “murderous regime” on America’s terrorism blacklist, despite questions about Pyongyang’s support for international attacks beyond the assassination of its leader’s half brother in February.

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