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ITAR Announcements: Venezuela, Libya

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DID has covered the USA’s ITAR restrictions on weapons exports before, especially as applied to countries like Iran and Venezuela. Our article concerning the blocked upgrade of that country’s F-16s noted that spare parts deliveries were continuing, but that appears to have just changed. Venezuela has better hope those SU-30s arrive quickly. Meanwhile, Libya illustrates a different dynamic – a country whose cooperation is slowly edging them out of the restricted zone. But not yet. We’ll begin with the US Department of State’s August 2 missive RE: Venezuela, which reads (and translates) as follows: Notice is hereby given that the United States will no longer authorize the export of defense articles and defense services to Venezuela. Note in particular the second paragrah: Furthermore, all licenses and approvals to export or otherwise transfer defense articles and defense services to Venezuela pursuant to section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) are revoked. The use of exemptions from licensing as provided for in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) also are revoked with regard to Venezuela with the exception of the license exemptions at section 123.17 for use in connection with certain temporary exports of firearms and ammunition for personal […]

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