On Thursday March 21, 2019, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated the advisory document it published on February 23 regarding North Korea’s illicit shipping practices. The updated guidance provides further information about North Korea’s deceptive shipping practices aimed at evading international sanctions and provides a list of ‘red flags’ aimed at assisting in the identification of these deceptive practices. This guidance follows North Korea’s continued attempts to evade U.S. and UN sanctions and remains applicable despite President Trump’s announcement that the United States would not impose further sanctions on North Korea. Our Sanctions Team summarizes the updated guidance document in our client alert.
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