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Nonproliferation: State Should Minimize Reporting Delays That May Affect Sanctions on Trade with Iran, North Korea, and Syria

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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Government Accountability Office

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The United States uses sanctions to curb weapons of mass destruction proliferation. Under INKSNA, the President is required every 6 months to provide reports to two congressional committees that identify every foreign person for whom there is credible information that the person has transferred certain items to or from Iran, North Korea, or Syria. INKSNA authorizes the President to impose sanctions on the identified person and requires him to provide justification to the two committees if sanctions are not imposed. The President has delegated this authority to State. States Deputy Secretary makes determinations about whether to impose sanctions. GAO was asked to review States INKSNA implementation. This report 1 examines States timeliness in providing INKSNA reports, 2 reviews States reporting process, and 3 identifies the potential impact of its reporting timeliness on the imposition of sanctions. GAO analyzed data and met with officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Energy, and met with officials from the Department of Commerce.

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  • Nuclear Weapons

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[A, Approved For Public Release]