U.S. State Department says it has designated Argentina, Curacao, and St. Maarten as "major money laundering countries” as part of a list that includes Russia, Afghanistan, and more than 60 other countries "of primary concern."
The annual "International Narcotics Control Strategy" report moved Argentina and the two Caribbean island entities to the 66-member list of "jurisdictions of primary concern" from the less acute "jurisdictions of concern" category.
Other countries of particular concern include Australia, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, China, Japan, Uruguay, and Zimbabwe.
As in the previous reports, the March 2012 report has been sent to Congress.
With AFP and AP reporting