Sanctions Profile: United States

At a glance

Initial Imposition of EU sanctions & Subsequent Amendments

These sanctions are relatively unique in that they are not imposed against the USA, per se, but rather to protect EU individuals and businesses from the extra-territorial effect of US laws regarding carrying out business in Iran, Libya and Cuba.

The measures began in 1996 and empowered Member States to take measures to protect the interests of the relevant individuals and businesses.

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China sanctions Pompeo, Bannon, Bolton & other Trump officials

The Chinese government has imposed sanctions on 28 US nationals for having “seriously violated China’s sovereignty”, and for being responsible for US sanctions on China-related issues. Press release here. They are former Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Peter Navarro, Robert O’Brien, David Stilwell, Matthew Pottinger, Alex Azar II, Keith Krach, and Kelly Craft, John Bolton and Steve Bannon. The remaining …

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China imposes reciprocal sanctions on US officials

The Chinese government has announced that it will impose reciprocal sanctions in response to the US’ designation on 8 December 2020 of 14 Vice-Chairpersons of the National People’s Congress for their role in adopting the Hong Kong National Security law (see post). Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that visa exemptions for holders of American diplomatic passports for temporary visits …

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China to designate 3 US arms companies for Taiwan arms sales

China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, has announced that sanctions will be imposed on American companies including Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defence, and Raytheon that participate in arms sales to Taiwan, as well as other relevant US individuals and entities that play a role in these sales. Mr Lijian said that “the US arms sales to Taiwan severely violate the one-China …

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OFAC delists Jaime Rosenthal (who has died) and associated companies

OFAC has delisted Jaime Rolando Rosenthal Oliva and Banco Continental S.A., Empacadora Continental S.A. de C.V., Inversiones Continental (Panama), S.A. de C.V., Inversiones Continental S.A. de C.V., and Inverciones Continental, U.S.A. Corp (IC USA). They were initially designated in October 2015 pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act for narcotics trafficking and money laundering. Jaime Rosenthal has since then …

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China imposes retaliatory sanctions on 11 US nationals

The Chinese government has announced the designation of 11 US nationals in response to their “egregious behaviour on Hong Kong-related issues”. See statement. Last week (7 August 2020), the US imposed asset freezing measures and a travel ban on 11 Hong Kong officials for “undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy and restricting the freedom of expression or assembly” (see post). Those listed …

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Current Sanctions