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On September 1, 2020, the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), and the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security issued a joint advisory on North Korea’s ballistic missile procurement activities (“Advisory”). The Advisory, among other things, identifies key participants of North Korea’s ballistic missile procurement and their deceptive tactics and key items, including materials and equipment,…

On August 13, 2020, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement requesting that the US Department of Transportation (“DOT”) suspend private charter flights to all Cuban airports.  This action will suspend all charter flights between the United States and Cuba over which the DOT exercises jurisdiction, except for authorized public charter flights to and from Havana and other private charter flights authorized for limited purposes.  Secretary Pompeo’s statement cites the Administration’s intent to deny…

On July 30, 2020, the US Department of State (“State Department”) expanded secondary sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear, military, and ballistic missile programs under the Section 1245 of the Iranian Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 (“IFCA”) by including 22 specific metals used in connections with such programs in Iran.  Sanctions may be imposed on persons who knowingly transfer these 22 materials, in addition to the 4 materials already determined by the State Department in October…

The US Administration has taken a series of actions in recent days to tighten US export controls for Hong Kong and to sanction Chinese government officials in response to the decision of the Chinese Communist Party (“CCP”) to impose a new national security law for Hong Kong. Most significantly, these actions put Hong Kong on a par with China with respect to license exception eligibility under the US Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) by suspending all…