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28th June 2017 - Quoted by Leo Byrne - NK News

U.S. says Russia could help N. Korea evade sanctions in lieu of China

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. is concerned Russia could step up sanctions breaking activities with North Korea following stricter implementation from Beijing, Washington’s Ambassador to the UN said on Tuesday.

27th June 2017 - Quoted by Baik Sungwon - VOA

Sanctions Taking Toll on North Korea Regime, High-level Defector Tells VOA

Anthony Ruggiero

A senior North Korean defector told VOA Korean that the current efforts to tighten economic sanctions on the North are effective and could over time destabilize Kim Jong Un’s regime.

23rd June 2017 - Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

FATF Continues Suspension of Some Iran Restrictions

Toby Dershowitz

The Financial Action Task Force, an international anti-money-laundering standards body, said Friday it would extend the suspension of some of its restrictions against Iran.

22nd June 2017 - Quoted by New Europe

A peak at Kim Jong Un’s personal piggy bank

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un owns a brand new, top-of-the-line Mercedes Benz limousine, despite international sanctions. He also owns a gleaming white yacht and equipment necessary to kit out a luxury ski resort, according to reports of recent purchases.

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Julie David and Matt Flegenheimer - The New York Times

White House Tries to Get G.O.P. to Water Down Russia Sanctions Bill

Mark Dubowitz

The White House is quietly lobbying House Republicans to weaken a bill overwhelmingly passed by the Senate last week that would slap tough new sanctions on Russia for its meddling in the 2016 election and allow Congress to block any future move by President Trump to lift any penalties...

15th June 2017 - Foreign Policy

Fine Tuning the Cuba Embargo

Eric B. Lorber

This week, President Donald Trump will reportedly announce the re-imposition of certain economic sanctions on Cuba that were unwound during the recent diplomatic thaw between the United States and its southern neighbor.

13th June 2017 - FDD Research Memo

A New North Korea Sanctions Approach

Anthony Ruggiero

The United Nations Panel of Experts reported in February that Pyongyang uses non-North Korean facilitators and front companies to evade UN sanctions.

13th June 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Congress can agree on Iran and Russia sanctions, at least

Mark Dubowitz

Senators have struck a deal to put a comprehensive Russia sanctions bill on the floor this week, according to those negotiating the legislation.

3rd June 2017 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's CEO Mark Dubowitz discusses North Korea, and China's role in sanctioning the rogue regime.

31st May 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD senior fellow Anthony Ruggiero discusses US sanctioning North Korea.

22nd May 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Nuclear Experts: Trump Keeping Nuclear Deal But Confronting Iranian Aggression

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration’s emerging strategy for confronting Iranian threats appears to be upholding the nuclear deal while sanctioning Iran’s non-nuclear behavior, two experts on the agreement wrote Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal.

19th May 2017 - WINA 98.9

The Schilling Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Iran sanctions.

19th May 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

New Iran Sanctions Expose Illicit Networks

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated seven persons and entities for ties to Iran’s ballistic missile program on Wednesday. The sanctions reveal new evidence pointing to Iran’s support for entities involved in Syria’s chemical weapons program, and continuing evidence of...

19th May 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the Trump administration's sanctions against Iran.

18th May 2017 - Foreign Policy

Why Trump’s Iran Sanctions Waiver Should Worry the Mullahs

John Hannah

As part of the Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that he inherited from his predecessor, President Donald Trump yesterday was forced to decide whether to renew the U.S. waiver on sanctions targeting Iran’s oil exports. Rather than violate the JCPOA and risk...

18th May 2017 - Quoted by Eleanor Albert - Council on Foreign Relations

The China–North Korea Relationship

Anthony Ruggiero

China is North Korea’s most important ally, biggest trading partner, and main source of food and energy. It has helped sustain Kim Jong-un’s regime, and has historically opposed harsh international sanctions on North Korea in the hope of avoiding regime collapse and a refugee influx...

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Carlo Munoz - The Washington Times

Trump admin. rolls out new sanctions against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump on Wednesday ordered a new round of economic sanctions against Iran, punishing the country for its growing ballistic missile program while also quietly extending Obama-era sanctions relief mandates tied to the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that Mr. Trump harshly criticized on...

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Dan De Luce - Foreign Policy

Trump Keeps the Iran Deal Alive, For Now

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will renew sanctions relief for Iran promised under a 2015 nuclear deal but also announced new punitive measures against Iranian officials over the country’s ballistic missile program.

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

Trump Administration Keeps ‘Status Quo’ on Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration’s decision to renew waivers under the nuclear deal and add seven to its blacklist adheres to the status quo regarding the U.S. posture on Iran, sanctions experts said.

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

U.S. extends Iran nuclear sanctions relief, adds other sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration Wednesday issued a temporary waiver for sanctions involving the Iran nuclear deal, but added new names to a growing list of Iranian and Syrian targets accused of supporting Iran’s illicit missile programs, human rights abuses or terrorism.

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