US Enacts “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” Expanding Its Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Programs

On August 2, 2017, the President signed into law the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," providing a number of new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The President also issued a signing statement2 setting forth the Administration's views on the contents and constitutionality of the Act.

The Act includes the following sanctions measures relating to each of the three sanctions programs:

Russia: The Act codifies existing sanctions under the cybersecurity and Ukraine/Russia-related sanctions programs; tightens restrictions under sectoral sanctions by adding new sectors and shortening maturity dates for Directives 1, 2, and 4; adds additional sanctions measures by providing for secondary sanctions for persons determined to be engaging in certain activities relating to the Russian energy, defense, or intelligence sectors and for persons determined to be assisting or providing support for significant activities undermining cybersecurity; and requires the President to block and prohibit all transactions in property and interests in property of persons determined to be engaging in significant activities undermining cybersecurity, Russian Government officials or close associates or relatives of Russian Government officials determined to be engaging in acts of significant corruption, foreign persons determined to be evading sanctions, foreign persons determined to be committing human rights abuses, or foreign persons determined to be providing or engaging in activities related to providing arms to Syria...

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