Sanctions Profile: Chemical Weapons

At a glance

The EU adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1542 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544 in October 2018 to establish a new sanctions regime to address the use and proliferation of chemical weapons.

The UK adopted The Chemical Weapons (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 in January 2021 to deter the proliferation and use of chemical weapons, and encourage the effective implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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Recent US designations

In recent weeks, the US has imposed sanctions and visa restriction measures related to various sanctions regimes and countries. These are summarised below. Somalia In response to delays in the Somali parliamentary electoral process, the US State Department imposed visa restrictions on an unspecified number of people said to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in …

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UK amendeds 79 entries on the consolidated list

On Friday, 18 March 2022, the FCDO updated the UK Sanctions List on GOV.UK. Amendments have been made to entries under the following financial sanctions regimes: Belarus; Chemical Weapons; Cyber; Russia and Zimbabwe. The following entries in the Russia financial sanctions regime have been corrected and are still subject to an asset freeze: Mikhail Maratovic FRIDMAN (Group ID: 14615) Petr Olegovich AVEN …

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OFAC amends & issues legal services GLs for WMD Sanctions Regulations

OFAC has amended the General Licence (GL) for the provision of certain legal services under §?544.507 of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations to remove the requirement that all receipts of payment of professional fees and reimbursement of incurred expenses must be specifically licenced. It has also issued a new GL authorising payments for legal services from funds …

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US restores Iran sanctions waiver for non-proliferation nuclear acitivites

The US government has reinstated Iran (IFCA) sanctions waivers as part of ongoing talks to revive the JCPOA. Report & State Department Press Briefing. The waivers allow foreign companies to engage in certain non-proliferation nuclear activities, including in relation to Iran’s Arak reactor, Fordow facility and Bushehr power plant. Iran sanctions waivers were previously revoked under the Trump Administration after …

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US North Korea WMD designations

The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has imposed sanctions on 5 North Korean WMD representatives pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382 (non-proliferation sanctions). Sim Kwang Sok, Kim Song Hun, Kang Chol Hak and Pyon Kwang Chol are China-based representatives of Second Academy of Natural Sciences (SANS) subsidiaries, while Choe Myong Hyon is a Russia-based representative of …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1542

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1542

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/84

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1463


Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544

Parent Decision

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/86

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1722

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1466

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1799

The Chemical Weapons (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/618)