22nd April 2019
US REPORT: ADHERENCE TO AND COMPLIANCE WITH ARMS CONTROL, NONPROLIFERATION, AND DISARMAMENT AGREEMENTS AND COMMITMENTS
The US State Department has published a report which assesses US compliance with and adherence to arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament agreements and related commitments in 2018, including Confidence- and Security-Building Measures (CSBM), as well as the compliance and adherence in 2018 of other nations to arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments, including CSBM and the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), to which the US is a participating State. The report mentions chemical, biological and conventional weapons, as well as nuclear and missile control agreements.
TANZANIAN MINISTER ORDERS SUSPENSION OF GOLD-PROCESSING IN SOUTHERN REGION
The Chinse news service, Xinhua, reported on 22nd April that a Tanzanian Minister has ordered all gold-processing plants in the southern highland region of Songwe to suspend production following reports of smuggling out of the country. The mining sector contributes around 4.8% to Tanzania’s GDP, according to the government.
TURKMENISTAN HAS APPLIED FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE EGMONT GROUP
Baker McKenzie reported on 22nd April that a deputy minister made the remarks at the OSCE Regional Conference on Countering Terrorist Financing and Organized Crime in Ashgabat.
US OFFERING $10 MILLION FOR INFORMATION ON HEZBOLLAH FINANCIAL MECHANISM
On 23rd April, the Jerusalem Post reported that the US State Department will offer $10 million for information leading to the disruption of the global finances of Hezbollah – estimated by Forbes magazine in December 2017 as having as much income as $1.1 billion – said to be from Iranian support, money laundering, donor support and business investments. It is offering $10 million for information on 3 of its financiers: Mohammed Bazzi, Adham Tabaja, and Ali Charara.