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AGENCY:

Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury.

ACTION:

Final rule; amendment.

SUMMARY:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury is amending the Foreign Assets Control Regulations, 31 CFR part 500, effective May 8, 2006, to add a new provision limiting the authorization of post-June 19, 2000 transactions involving property in which the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (“North Korea”) or a national thereof has an interest. The new provision prohibits United States persons from owning, leasing, operating or insuring any vessel flagged by North Korea.

DATES:

Effective date: May 8, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Assistant Director of Compliance Outreach/Implementation, tel.: (202) 622-2490, Assistant Director of Licensing, tel.: (202) 622-2480, Assistant Director of Policy, tel.: (202) 622-4855, or Chief Counsel, tel.: (202) 622-2410, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC 20220.

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Electronic and Facsimile Availability

This document and additional information concerning OFAC are available from OFAC's Web site (http://www.treas.gov/​ofac) or via facsimile through a 24-hour fax-on-demand service, tel.: (202) 622-0077.

Background

The Foreign Assets Control Regulations (the “FACR”), 31 CFR part 500, which are authorized under the Trading with the Enemy Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 1-44, imposed economic sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (“North Korea”) beginning in 1950. Since that time, those sanctions have been modified on a number of occasions, most recently to ease economic sanctions against North Korea in order to improve overall relations and to encourage North Korea to continue to refrain from testing long-range missiles. Consistent with U.S. foreign policy interests, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), on June 19, 2000, amended the FACR, 31 CFR part 500, to add § 500.586, authorizing transactions concerning certain North Korean property.

Subject to the limitations in paragraph (b) of § 500.586, paragraph (a) authorized new, i.e., post-June 19, 2000, transactions in which North Korea has a property interest. Paragraph (b) set forth four limitations on the new authorization. Today OFAC is amending the FACR by adding a new provision, effective May 8, 2006, to further limit the authorization provided by § 500.586. This new provision, § 500.586(b)(5), prohibits United States persons from owning, leasing, operating or insuring any vessel flagged by North Korea. Because the term United States person is a new term not previously used or defined in the FACR, a definition of the term is provided for purposes of paragraph (b)(5). The effective date of this amendment has been delayed to provide time for United States persons to re-flag any vessels currently flagged by North Korea.

Because the Regulations involve a foreign affairs function, the provisions of Executive Order 12866 and the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) (the “APA”) requiring notice of proposed rulemaking, opportunity for public participation, and delay in effective date are inapplicable. Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required for this rule, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-602) does not apply.

Paperwork Reduction Act

As authorized in the APA, the Regulations are being issued without prior notice and public comment. The collection of information related to 31 part 500 is contained in 31 CFR part 501 (the “Reporting, Procedures and Penalties Regulations”). Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507), those collections of information have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1505-0164. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid control number.

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List of Subjects in 31 CFR Part 500

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble,

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PART 500—FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL REGULATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 500 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 18 U.S.C. 2332d; 31 U.S.C. 321(b); 50 U.S.C. App. 1-44; Pub. L. 101-410, 104 Stat. 890 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note); E.O. 9193, 7 FR 5205, 3 CFR, 1938-1943 Comp., p. 1174; E.O. 9989, 13 FR 4891, 3 CFR, 1943-1948 Comp., p. 748.

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Subpart E—Licenses, Authorizations and Statements of Licensing Policy

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2. A new paragraph (b)(5) is added to § 500.586 to read as follows:

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Authorization of new transactions concerning certain North Korean property.
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(5) Effective May 8, 2006, United States persons are prohibited from owning, leasing, operating or insuring any vessel flagged by North Korea. For purposes of this paragraph, the term United States person means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.

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Dated: March 23, 2006.

Barbara C. Hammerle,

Acting Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Approved: March 24, 2006.

Stuart A. Levey,

Under Secretary, Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Department of the Treasury.

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[FR Doc. 06-3286 Filed 4-5-06; 8:45 am]

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