Sanctions Profile: North Korea

At a glance

UN sanctions were first imposed on North Korea in October 2006, pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1718, in response to its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile tests. Between 2006 and 2016, the sanctions consisted of an arms embargo, a prohibition on exports to and imports from North Korea of nuclear- and ballistic missile-related items, and targeted asset freezes and travel bans on people and entities identified as being involved in or providing support for North Korea’s nuclear or ballistic missile programmes.

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US cryptocurrency expert pleads guilty to violating North Korea sanctions

Virgil Griffith, a US citizen and cryptocurrency expert, has pleaded guilty in US federal court to 1 count of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Department of Justice Press Release. In April 2019, Mr Griffith violated US sanctions on North Korea by travelling to the Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference and presenting technical advice on using …

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UK says it has evidence of ships violating UN sanctions on North Korea

The Royal Navy has captured evidence of ships apparently breaching UN sanctions on North Korea in the East China Sea, according to the UK Ministry of Defence. The HMS Richmond is said to have obtained photographic and video evidence of the violations whilst assisting in a September 2021 UN Security Council sanctions monitoring and enforcement activity. The UK has passed …

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8 organisations penalised by US for prohibited Iran, N Korea & Syria transfers

The US Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (State Department) has imposed restrictions on 8 foreign entities, pursuant to Section 3 of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). The Bureau determined that the companies had engaged in the transfer to/acquisition from Iran, North Korea or Syria of goods, services or technology controlled under multilateral weapons control lists, …

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Oil tanker used to supply fuel to North Korea seized by US

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York has entered a judgment of forfeiture regarding the M/T Courageous, an oil tanker allegedly used in a scheme to evade US and UN sanctions and transport oil to North Korea through direct shipments to the port of Nampo and ship-to-ship transfers. The purchase of the Courageous and the oil …

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G7 comments on Belarus sanctions & N Korea sanctions

The G7 leaders announced after their summit that: They will “work together” to impose sanctions on those responsible for the forced landing of Ryanair flight FR4978 and the arrests of Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega. They would call on all States to implement UN sanctions relating to North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes.

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1509

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1509

Amended by:

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1548

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1568

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1836

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1858

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1859

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1897

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/2062

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/12

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/53

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/87

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/285

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/324

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/548

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/602

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/714

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/814

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1009

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1074

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1231

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1284

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1606

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1654

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/93

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1083

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1129

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1300


Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/849

Parent Decision

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/849

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1341

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/2217

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/82

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/345

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/666

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/667

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/975

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/994

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1339

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1459

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1504

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1512

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1562

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1573

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1838

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1860

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1909

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/16

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/58

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/89

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/293

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/331

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/551

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/611

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/715

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/819

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1016

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1087

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1238

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1289

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1613

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1657

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/96

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1136

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1304

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) Order (SI 2020/1561)

The United Nations and European Union Financial Sanctions (Linking) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/748)