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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Covid-19: UN Human Rights Commissioner calls for easing of sanctions

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has called for the urgent re-evaluation of sectoral sanctions in countries dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, alongside broad and practical humanitarian exemptions to sanctions measures, including authorisation for medical equipment and supplies. She said that sanctions may impede medical efforts in Cuba, N Korea, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and Iran, which have vulnerable …

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RUSI report says N Korea made 175 coal shipments to China in 2019

RUSI has published a report suggesting that at least 30 North Korean-controlled cargo vessels made approximately 175 trips to the waters of Zhoushan, China since early 2019 to export coal and iron ore. UN Security Council Resolutions 2371 and 2397 prohibit these exports, because the revenue generated is said to be used to fund N Korea’s WMD programme. Using AIS …

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Report says China exporting sand from N Korea

The Centre for Advanced Defence Studies has published a report saying that between March to August 2019, 279 vessels were identified via satellite imagery as dredging and transporting sand from North Korea’s Haeju Bay. Many of those vessels were then recorded returning to Chinese waters. Under UNSC Resolution 2397, the export of materials such as sand from N Korea is …

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OFAC delists 2 Russian companies

OFAC has delisted 2 Russian entities, Independent Petroleum Company (IPC) and its subsidiary AO NNK-Primornefteproduct, which were originally listed for shipping $1m worth of petroleum products to North Korea. OFAC Notice. OFAC’s press release says that they have been delisted because IPC’s parent company, Alliance Oil Company, has (1) ceased all export activities to N Korea, and (2) launched a …

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OFAC lists 2 Chinese nationals for handling stolen DPRK cryptocurrency

OFAC has designated 2 Chinese nationals, Tian Yinyin and Li Jiadong, for having provided support, goods or services, to a malicious cyber-enabled activity, and to the Lazarus Group, a N Korean cyber group listed in September 2019 (see post). Under E.O. 13694 (as amended) and E.O. 13722, both are now subject to asset freezes and travel bans. Both Mr Yinyin …

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Current Sanctions

EU UK

Consolidated

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

Consolidated

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

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