The Washington Post

Sanctions Urged for U.S. Gambling Policy


The United States should face commercial sanctions worth more than $3.4 billion each year for its failure to comply with a World Trade Organizati­on ruling that its Internet gambling restrictio­ns are illegal, the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda said.

Japan and India, meanwhile, added pressure on the United States by filing WTO compensati­on requests as a result of Washington’s attempt to change the details of its obligation­s under the 1994 General Agreement on Trade in Services. The move by the two countries follows a similar request by the European Union, which said it wants the United States to open other trade sectors to compensate for deleting part of the treaty.

The United States, which said it was trying to resolve the dispute with Antigua, moved to explicitly remove online betting from the services agreement after losing a WTO ruling last year.

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