By Maya Lester QC & 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 removes 1 from North Korea sanctions list

The EU has de-listed former North Korean Ambassador to Egypt Pak Chun Il from its North Korea sanctions regime following his death. He had originally been listed in November 2016. In addition, it has updated the statement of reasons for 17 people and 1 entity and the identifying information for 59 people and 5 entities. Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1336 & Council …

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Singaporean national jailed for obstructing NK sanctions investigation

Manfred Low Cheng Jing, a Singaporean national, is reported to have been sentenced to 15 weeks’ imprisonment for obstructing investigations into alleged violations of UN sanctions on North Korea. In 2018, Mr Low was a director of Yuk Tung Energy, an oil trading and bunkering company that was being investigated by the Singapore Police Force over an alleged ship-to-ship transfer …

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US lists 4 over links to North Korea & WMD

On 27 May 2022, OFAC designated North Korean national Jong Yong Nam and Air Koryo Trading Corporation (AKTC) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382. Mr Jong is said to act as a Belarus-based representative for an organisation subordinate to the Second Academy of Natural Sciences (SANS), whilst AKTC is said to have links to the Munitions Industry Department. Both SANS …

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Russia & China veto new UN North Korea sanctions

The UN Security Council has failed to adopt a resolution that would have strengthened the UN’s North Korea sanctions regime following the country’s recent ballistic missile launches. The US-tabled draft resolution had the support of 13 members but was vetoed by China and Russia. Press Release. See previous post for details of a UNSC meeting on North Korea sanctions.

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US publishes advisory on North Korean IT workers

The US State and Treasury Departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have issued an advisory on the risks associated with North Korean IT workers who seek to obtain employment whilst posing as non-North Korean national. According to the advisory, people and entities engaged in or supporting activity related to these workers, or processing related financial transactions, risk sanctions …

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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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