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AGENCY:

Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) is amending the North Korea Sanctions Regulations to implement Executive Order 13570 of April 18, 2011. OFAC intends to supplement these regulations with a more comprehensive set of regulations, which may include additional interpretive and definitional guidance and additional general licenses and statements of licensing policy.

DATES:

Effective Date: June 20, 2011.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Assistant Director for Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation, tel.: 202/622-2490, Assistant Director for Licensing, tel.: 202/622-2480, Assistant Director for Policy, tel.: 202/622-4855, Office of Foreign Assets Control, or Chief Counsel (Foreign Assets Control), tel.: 202/622-2410, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Treasury (not toll free numbers).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic and Facsimile Availability

This document and additional information concerning OFAC are available from OFAC's Web site (http://www.treasury.gov/​ofac). Certain general information pertaining to OFAC's sanctions programs also is available via facsimile through a 24-hour fax-on-demand service, tel.: 202/622-0077.

Background

On June 26, 2008, the President, invoking the authority of, inter alia, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) (“IEEPA”) and the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601-1651) (the “NEA”), issued Executive Order 13466 (73 FR 36787, June 27, 2008) (“E.O. 13466”). On August 30, 2010, the President, invoking the authority of, inter alia, IEEPA, the NEA, and section 5 of the United Nations Participation Act (22 U.S.C. 287c) (the “UNPA”), issued Executive Order 13551 (75 FR 53837, September 1, 2010) (“E.O. 13551”), effective at 12:01 p.m. eastern daylight time on August 30, 2010.

On November 4, 2010, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control published the North Korea Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 510 (the “Regulations”), to implement E.O. 13466 and E.O. 13551, pursuant to authorities delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury in those orders (75 FR 67912, November 4, 2010).

On April 18, 2011, the President, invoking the authority of, inter alia, IEEPA, the NEA, and the UNPA, issued Executive Order 13570 (76 FR 22291, April 20, 2011) (“E.O. 13570”), effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on April 19, 2011.

This final rule amends the Regulations to implement E.O. 13570, pursuant to authorities delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury in E.O. 13570. A copy of E.O. 13570 appears in appendix C to this part.

These amendments to the Regulations are being published in abbreviated form at this time for the purpose of providing immediate guidance to the public. OFAC intends to supplement part 510 with a more comprehensive set of regulations, which may include additional interpretive and definitional guidance and additional general licenses and statements of licensing policy. (The appendices to the Regulations will be removed when OFAC publishes a more comprehensive set of regulations.)

Public Participation

Because the Regulations involve a foreign affairs function, the provisions of Executive Order 12866 and the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) 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. 601-612) does not apply.

Paperwork Reduction Act

The collections of information related to the Regulations are 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 510

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control amends part 510 of 31 CFR chapter V as follows:

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PART 510—NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS REGULATIONS

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1. Revise the authority citation for part 510 to read as follows:

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Authority: 3 U.S.C. 301; 31 U.S.C. 321(b); 50 U.S.C. 1601-1651, 1701-1706; 22 U.S.C. 287c; Pub. L. 101-410, 104 Stat. 890 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note); Pub. L. 110-96, 121 Stat. 1011 (50 U.S.C. 1705 note); E.O. 13466, 73 FR 36787, June 27, 2008, 3 CFR, 2008 Comp., p. 195; E.O. 13551, 75 FR 53837, September 1, 2010; E.O. 13570, 76 FR 22291, April 20, 2011.

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Subpart B—Prohibitions

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2. Amend § 510.201 by redesignating Note 1 to § 510.201(a) as Note to § 510.201(a), redesignating Note 1 to § 510.201 and Note 2 to § 510.201 as Note 1 to § 510.201(b) and Note 2 to § 510.201(b), respectively, redesignating Note 3 to § 510.201 as Note to § 510.201, and adding new paragraph (c) to read as follows:

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Prohibited transactions.
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(c) All transactions prohibited pursuant to Executive Order 13570 are also prohibited pursuant to this part.

Subpart C—General Definitions

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3. Amend § 510.302 by revising paragraphs (b) and (c) and adding new paragraph (d) to read as follows:

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(b) With respect to a person listed in the Annex to E.O. 13551, 12:01 p.m. eastern daylight time, August 30, 2010;

(c) With respect to a person whose property and interests in property are otherwise blocked pursuant to E.O. 13551, the earlier of the date of actual or constructive notice that such person's property and interests in property are blocked; or

(d) With respect to E.O. 13570, 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time, April 19, 2011.

Subpart E—Licenses, Authorizations, and Statements of Licensing Policy

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4. Add new § 510.501 to read as follows:

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General and specific licensing procedures.

For provisions relating to licensing procedures, see part 501, subpart E, of this chapter. Licensing actions taken pursuant to part 501 of this chapter with respect to the prohibitions contained in this part are considered actions taken pursuant to this part.

Subpart H—Procedures

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5. Add new § 510.801 to read as follows:

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Procedures

For license application procedures and procedures relating to amendments, modifications, or revocations of licenses; administrative decisions; rulemaking; and requests for documents pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts (5 U.S.C. 552 and 552a), see part 501, subpart E, of this chapter.

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6. Revise § 510.802 to read as follows:

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Delegation by the Secretary of the Treasury.

Any action that the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to take pursuant to Executive Order 13466 of June 26, 2008 (73 FR 36787, June 27, 2008), Executive Order 13551 of August 30, 2010 (75 FR 53837, September 1, 2010), Executive Order 13570 of April 18, 2011 (76 FR 22291, April 20, 2011), and any further Executive orders relating to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466 may be taken by the Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control or by any other person to whom the Secretary of the Treasury has delegated authority so to act.

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7. Add new appendix C to part 510 to read as follows:

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Appendix C to Part 510—Executive Order 13570

Executive Order 13570 of April 18, 2011

Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to North Korea

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), section 5 of the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 (22 U.S.C. 287c) (UNPA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and in view of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1718 of October 14, 2006, and UNSCR 1874 of June 12, 2009,

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps to address the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466 of June 26, 2008, and expanded in Executive Order 13551 of August 30, 2010, that will ensure implementation of the import restrictions contained in UNSCRs 1718 and 1874 and complement the import restrictions provided for in the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.), hereby order:

Section 1. Except to the extent provided in statutes or in licenses, regulations, orders, or directives that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the date of this order, the importation into the United States, directly or indirectly, of any goods, services, or technology from North Korea is prohibited.

Sec. 2. (a) Any transaction by a United States person or within the United States that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

Sec. 3. The provisions of Executive Orders 13466 and 13551 remain in effect, and this order does not affect any action taken pursuant to those orders.

Sec. 4. For the purposes of this order:

(a) The term “person” means an individual or entity;

(b) The term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization;

(c) 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;

(d) The term “North Korea” includes the territory of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Government of North Korea; and

(e) The term “Government of North Korea” means the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, its agencies, instrumentalities, and controlled entities.

Sec. 5. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA and the UNPA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order. The Secretary of the Treasury may redelegate any of these functions to other officers and agencies of the United States Government consistent with applicable law. All agencies of the United States Government are hereby directed to take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order.

Sec. 6. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Sec. 7. This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on April 19, 2011.

Barack Obama,

THE WHITE HOUSE,

April 18, 2011.

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Dated: June 13, 2011.

Adam J. Szubin,

Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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[FR Doc. 2011-15166 Filed 6-17-11; 8:45 am]

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