Wynn Segall Quoted by WSJ on New Sanctions Law Targeting Russia, Iran, North Korea

For its article “U.S. Congress Increasingly Pushes White House on Sanctions,” which focuses on the law signed by President Trump imposing sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, The Wall Street Journal quoted Akin Gump international trade partner Wynn Segall.

Segall, whose practice focuses on economic sanctions, export controls and national security, said the new law makes the sanctions on Russia less flexible, adaptable and useful as a foreign policy instrument. He did note, however, that it communicates Congress’ feeling that the United States isn’t being tough enough on Russia.

Returning to the topic of the sanctions rigidity, he said, “Setting aside the reasons for doing it, from my perspective [the law is] problematic in terms of sanctions utility as an option when dealing with foreign-policy problems.”