By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

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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EU makes Iran-related & North Korea designations

Following a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council yesterday (12 December 2022), the EU made additions to its Iran and Russia sanctions lists, as set out below. Press Release & Conclusions on Iran. 20 people and state-owned broadcasting company Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) were listed under the EU’s Iran human rights sanctions regime over their links to violence …

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US lists over 80 people & entities linked to human rights abuses & corruption

On 9 December 2022, the US Department of State and OFAC designated more than 80 people and entities alleged to be responsible for human rights abuses and corruption. These actions were taken pursuant to sanctions authorities Executive Order (E.O.) 14024 (Russia), 13818 (‘Magnitsky’), 13722 and 13687 (North Korea), or 13553 (Iran), or otherwise Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, …

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US makes North Korea and counter terrorism designations

In separate actions, OFAC has added 3 people to its North Korea sanctions list and 3 people and 2 entities to its counter terrorism sanctions list. Notice. North Korea Officials of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Jon Il Ho, Yu Jin, and Kim Su Gil, have been designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13687 for their connections to North Korea’s …

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UK amends DPRK, human rights, Myanmar and Russia listing

The UK has amended 44 entries under the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (1), Global Human Rights (4), Myanmar (36 entries) and Russia (1) financial sanctions regimes.  

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New Burma & North Korea OFAC designations

Yesterday, OFAC designated two individuals, Ri Sok and Yan Zhiyong, involved in transportation and procurement activities on the DPRK’s behalf. They have acted on behalf of Air Koryo, a previously designated entity operating in the DPRK’s transportation entity. OFAC also delisted and simultaneously redesignated Tornado Cash.  (Press release) It also designated one individual, Kyaw Min Oo and one entity, Sky …

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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 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/659

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1331

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1503


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

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/661

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1336

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2022/1510

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)

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