Analysis & Commentary


21st October 2017 - Quoted by Zhenhua Lu - South China Morning Post

Will Trump’s Beijing visit bring new sanctions against Chinese banks in US?

Anthony Ruggiero

The US could pressure China to fully implement UN sanctions against North Korea by blocking more Chinese banks and companies doing business in America during Donald Trump’s upcoming Beijing visit, analysts say.

20th October 2017 - FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

Implications of the New IRGC Sanctions

Annie Fixler

The U.S. Treasury designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) under Executive Order 13224 for its support for terrorism last Friday, pursuant to Congressional legislation. While the immediate legal implications are limited, the designation of the IRGC in its entirely sends a...

18th October 2017 - Quoted by Valentina Pasquali - Moneylaundering.com

Congolese Bank Accused of Violating US Sanctions Against Hezbollah

Yaya J. Fanusie

A Congolese bank’s handling of funds allegedly tied to a U.S.-blacklisted Lebanese-militia in apparent violation of U.S. sanctions highlights the need for global banks to effectively scrutinize their business relationships in high-risk regions, say sources.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Elizabeth Slim - United Press International

Report: North Korea hiding behind Hong Kong shell companies

Anthony Ruggiero

Hong Kong may be a hotbed of North Korea shell companies that allow the Kim Jong Un regime to access the global financial system, CNN reported Tuesday.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Joshua Berlinger - CNN

Hiding in plain sight: Why Hong Kong is a preferred spot for North Korea’s money launderers

Anthony Ruggiero

Easey Commercial Building is an unassuming mid-rise office tower on Hennessy Road, an artery that runs through Hong Kong's busy Wan Chai district. The structure sits among scenery that's classic Hong Kong: bright lights, tall buildings, people rushing about.

16th October 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Removing Sanctions While Retaining Leverage in Sudan

Alex Entz

Though President Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran Deal largely dominated headlines last week, it was not the administration’s only major foreign policy action. Last Thursday, the Trump administration lifted sanctions on over 200 Sudanese entities, a decision based in part on the...

12th October 2017 - Quoted by Adam Taylor - Straits Times

What the US is actually getting right on the North Korean issue

Anthony Ruggiero

It's tempting to give into doom and gloom when we think of North Korea policy. The rapid advances in Pyongyang's weapons technology, coupled with its provocative propaganda about the supposedly impending devastation of America, are enough to make many lose hope for any solution to the...

11th October 2017 - Quoted by Eleena Frisco - Tribu Magazine

Kinzinger: Trump ‘Doing All the Right Things’ on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

The US military statement said the exercise "demonstrates how U.S. military forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific are always ready to defend the American homeland and how the U.S. stands resolutely with Japan and the ROK to honor their unshakeable alliance commitments".

11th October 2017 - Quoted by Zachary Cohen - CNN

North Korean hackers stole US-South Korea war plans, official says

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korean hackers allegedly stole classified military documents from a South Korean Defense Ministry database in September 2016, according to Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korea's National Assembly.

11th October 2017 - Quoted by Adam Taylor - The Washington Post

What the U.S. is actually getting right on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

It's tempting to give into doom and gloom when we think of North Korea policy. The rapid advances in Pyongyang's weapons technology, coupled with its provocative propaganda about the supposedly impending devastation of America, are enough to make many lose hope for any solution to the...

10th October 2017 - The National Interest

Hit Hezbollah in the Wallet

Yaya J. Fanusie, Alex Entz

From Latin America to Tehran, there are plenty of steps U.S. policymakers can take today.

8th October 2017 - Quoted by Mehdi Jedinia - VOA News

US Lawmakers Eye Tougher Sanctions Against Hezbollah

Yaya J. Fanusie

Members of the U.S. Congress are seeking new tools to stop the flow of cash to the militant group Hezbollah in hopes of reducing its ability to recruit, raise funds and carry out propaganda.

4th October 2017 - Quoted by Sharon Harris - Born2Invest

Customs data reveal China purchased North Korean coal amid imposed embargo sanction

Anthony Ruggiero

China, North Korea’s largest trading partner, purchased North Korean coal weighing at 1.64 million tons last August. What is shocking is that the two countries performed the trade regardless of the fact that there was a ban implemented by Beijing in compliance with the sanctions of the...

2nd October 2017 - Quoted by Richard Goldberg - Foreign Policy

If the U.S. Reimposes Sanctions on Iran, Allies Will Follow

Mark Dubowitz

In November 2011, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk — with help from then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — took the Obama White House by surprise, filing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that imposed crippling sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran. Days later, Kirk...

1st October 2017 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams - Bloomberg

Tillerson Plays Good Cop on North Korea in Beijing Trip

Anthony Ruggiero

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s public acknowledgment that the U.S. has direct channels to North Korea has underscored his role as an administration moderate when it comes to reining in the regime over its nuclear weapons.

29th September 2017 - Quoted by Trudy Rubin - The Philadelphia Inquirer

How to tame Kim Jong Un? Tough sanctions, not insults.

Anthony Ruggiero

The most unnerving foreign policy scare in recent weeks has been the war of insults between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

29th September 2017 - Foreign Affairs

How Washington Can Counter the Rise of Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer, Orde Kittrie, Alex Entz

Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia and political party, is now the most powerful actor in Lebanon. Since 2006, Hezbollah’s last declared conflict with Israel, the group has amassed military hardware to rival that of a formal standing army and evolved into Lebanon’s most important political...

28th September 2017 - Quoted by Emily Stewart - The Street

Trump’s North Korea Bombast is Out of Sync with Gradual Sanctions Squeeze

Anthony Ruggiero

The president's bombastic rhetoric on North Korea is out of sync with the deliberate diplomatic measures being taken by the rest of his administration.

27th September 2017 - Quoted by Michael Kern - Crypto Insider

With $9.7 trillion of untradeable coal, North Korea turns to bitcoin

Yaya J. Fanusie

Fresh off the news of North Korea claiming that the United States has declared war due to U.S. President Trump’s military positioning and contentious rhetoric, a September 11 report from FireEye has suggested that the DPRK may be mining something other than coal.

27th September 2017 - Quoted by John Kruzel - Politifact

Is North Korea the 4th most sanctioned nation?

Anthony Ruggiero

"(North Korea) is now the fifth or fourth most sanctioned nation," Gardner said, "meaning that we have a long ways to go to continue to ratchet up the economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea and the enablers of North Korea."

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