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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UNSC extends mandate for DPRK sanctions panel of experts

The UN Security Council has extended until 24 April 2020 the mandate of the panel of experts assisting the committee which oversees sanctions on North Korea having adopted resolution 2464 (2019). This follows the 2018/2019 panel report, see previous post. State representatives to the UN noted the “increasingly sophisticated” nature of DPRK sanctions evasion and […]

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South Korean ship held for providing oil to DPRK

Yesterday (3 April), the South Korean Foreign Ministry reported that a South Korean ship has been held since October 2018 over allegations of its use to supply oil to DPRK through illicit ship-to-ship transfers in the East China Sea in September 2017. This is the first South Korean ship detained over violations of international sanctions […]

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3rd countries align with EU sanctions on DPRK and Syria

DPRK: On 21 January, the Council adopted Council Decision CFSP 2019/96 amending Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/849, which removed two individuals from its DPRK sanctions lists. The following countries have aligned themselves with that Decision: North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Moldova, and Armenia. See EU Press Release. Syria: On 21 […]

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OFAC publishes guidance on DPRK illicit shipping practices and designates 2 entities

OFAC has published updated guidance for the global shipping industry on North Korea’s “illicit shipping practices”. It focuses on practices such as ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum and coal and falsifying cargo and vessel documents to evade international sanctions. Risk mitigation measures for the industry are also provided, as well as an overview of current sanctions […]

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OFAC introduces CAPTA List for sanctioned financial institutions

OFAC is replacing the List of Foreign Financial Institutions Subject to Part 561 (the “Part 561 List”) with the List of Foreign Financial Institutions Subject to Correspondent Account or Payable-Through Account Sanctions (the “CAPTA List”). See CAPTA List and Guidance. The CAPTA List includes identifying information on foreign financial institutions prohibited from opening or maintaining […]

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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


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

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Democratic Republic of Korea (Sanctions) (Exit) Regulations 2019