Niger Crisis Prompts US To Delay Export Licenses

Law360, New York (January 7, 2010, 5:30 PM EST) -- The U.S. State Department has announced that it may delay final decisions on license applications for the export of certain controlled items to Niger due to the political turmoil that was sparked when the country's president refused to step down at the end of his term.

The State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls made the announcement Wednesday, saying that while there is no U.S. or United Nations-sanctioned arms embargo on the West African country, license approval should not be assumed.

The agency encouraged exporters to...
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