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U.K. Tightens Export Rules for Argentina


The 30-year anniversary of the invasion of the Falklands may have come and gone, but that has not led to an easing of tensions between the U.K. and Argentina.

With Argentina trying to apply economic pressure on the U.K., London is now fighting back and tightening export controls on military and dual-use goods.

The new policy updates one formulated in 1998, which allowed export licenses to be issued for equipment that maintains existing Argentine military capabilities, but not for kit that would enhance the South American state's military prowess.

But London is now going further. "New restrictions on the export and trade of licensable goods with the Argentine military will now be introduced with immediate effect," Judith Wilcox, the parliamentary undersecretary of state for business, innovation and skills, tells the House of Lords.

Here are the new guidelines: "In future, no licenses shall be granted for any military or dual-use goods and technology being supplied to military end users in Argentina, except in exceptional circumstances. We will review extant licenses for military goods to the Argentine Armed Forces with a view to revoking any that are not consistent with the revised policy. This decision will not affect licenses for items intended for end users other than the Argentine military."

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