June 19, 2019

OFAC designates Russian financial institution for providing financial services to North Korean designated entity

The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury has designated a Russian entity, the Russian Financial Society, pursuant to Executive Order 13382 for providing support, goods or services to Dandong Zhongsheng Industry & Trade Co. Ltd, which is owned or controlled by the North Korean Foreign Trade Bank, a US and UN-designated entity.  According to OFAC, Russian Financial Society has opened multiple bank accounts for Dandong Zhongsheng, enabling North Korea to circumvent US and UN sanctions.

As a result of the designation, all US property of Russian Financial Society is blocked, and US persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions that involve property belonging to a designated entity.

Dept. of the Treasury press release