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 Committee North Korea mid-term panel report

The Panel of Experts appointed to the UN Security Council’s DPRK Sanctions Committee has finalised its 2020 mid-term report. The reporting period covers 8 February to 3 August 2020. The main points include: Illicit imports of refined petroleum products and exports of coal continued in violation of UNSC resolutions. Imagery and data from member states suggest that direct deliveries of …

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US seeks seizure of $995k linked to ZTE intermediaries

A complaint has been filed in a federal court in the District of Columbia alleging that $955,880.85 linked to 2 companies is subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). The complaint alleges that Shanghai-based Ryer International Trading Ltd and Rensy International Trading Co., Ltd acted as intermediaries for North Korea’s purchase and acquisition …

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DOJ charges 3 with violating N Korea sanctions

The US Department of Justice has charged North Korean nationals Ri Jong Chol, his daughter Ri Yu Gyong, and Malaysian national Gan Chee Lim with conspiracy to violate the North Korean Sanctions Regulations, bank fraud, and conspiracy to launder funds. See Complaint. Between August 2015 and August 2016, the defendants are alleged to have established front companies that transmitted US …

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Yang Ban Corp pleads guilty to money laundering in sanctions evasion scheme

BVI-registered Yang Ban Corporation has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering as part of a scheme to evade US sanctions on North Korea. From February 2017 to May 2018, Yang Ban used dual invoicing practices, and provided false statements to conceal the ultimate destination of commodities purchased on behalf of N Korea. The use of front …

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Third countries align with 6 EU sanctions regimes

In July 2020, the EU Council adopted: Decision (CFSP) 2020/1126, which added French national Bryan D’Ancona to its autonomous sanctions regime targeting those associated with Al-Qaida and ISIL (Da’esh); Decision (CFSP) 2020/1132, which updated the EU sanctions list targeting people and entities involved in terrorist acts; Decision (CFSP) 2020/1136, which renewed for 1 year the EU’s autonomous sanctions against North …

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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 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

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/218)

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (European Union Financial Sanctions) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (European Union Financial Sanctions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/883)

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (European Union Financial Sanctions) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/928)

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (European Union Financial Sanctions) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations (SI 2017/986)

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (European Union Financial Sanctions) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations (SI 2017/999)

The North Korea (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 (SI 2006/2958)

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

The Export Control (North Korea Sanctions) Order (SI 2018/200)

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