Washington accuses Iran and five countries of failing to stop human trafficking[/size]
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The White House announced on Saturday that it ordered the addition of Iran, Venezuela and four African countries on the US list of countries accused of failing to stop human trafficking, in a move that will further isolate these countries from the United States.
The White House said it would also increase restrictions on North Korea, Eritrea, Russia and Syria, which are mainly on the list, by limiting their participation in educational or cultural exchange programs.
In addition, the administration of President Donald Trump issued instructions to US executives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other multilateral development banks (MDBs) asking them to vote against extending loans or other funds to North Korea, Russia and Iran during fiscal year 2018, which begins on Sunday.
Iran, Venezuela, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan and Sudan were added to the list of countries subject to these restrictions during the new fiscal year, the White House said in a statement.
Under a 2000 US law called the "Protection of Victims of Human Trafficking Act", with the exception of humanitarian aid and commercial assistance, the United States does not provide foreign aid to any country that fails to meet minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking and makes no efforts to do so .