The US Treasury Department rolled out on Wednesday its plan to
resolve the financial dispute with North Korea by maintaining that
all US financial institutions are hereafter banned from dealing
with the Macao-based Banco Delta Asia (BDA).
"When it takes effect in 30 days, this action will see all US
financial institutions prohibited from maintaining correspondent
accounts with BDA and prevents BDA from using the US financial
system in any manner," the Treasury Department said in a
This move will allow North Korea to recover a portion of the
US$25 million currently frozen in the Macao bank.
A cornerstone of the nuclear deal reached during the six-party talks in Beijing on Feb. 13, this
will be a major boon for the North Koreans. The United States'
sanctions stemmed from accusations that North Korea had used the
bank to launder illegal earnings.
The United States slapped sanctions on Banco Delta Asia back in
2005, placing it on a money-laundering blacklist, and forcing Macao
to freeze some US$25 million believed to belong to North Korea.
This led to North Korea installing a boycott on the subsequent
six-party talks for over a year.
(Xinhua News Agency, China Daily via agencies March 15,