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 renews mandate for the DPRK sanctions panel of experts

The UN Security Council has adopted Resolution 2569 (2021), which continues until 30 April 2022 the mandate of the panel of experts assisting the committee overseeing sanctions on North Korea. It also sets out a timeline under which the panel is required to submit reports to the Council. See press release.

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Sanctions imposed over Uyghur abuses & other human rights violations

China The UK, the EU and Canada have imposed sanctions (asset freezing measures and travel bans) under their respective global human rights sanctions regimes on 4 senior Chinese officials and a state-run security body for serious human rights violations against Uyghurs and people from other minorities in the Xinjiang region in China. They are alleged to have been responsible for …

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North Korean citizen accused of violating sanctions extradited to US

The Federal Court of Malaysia has denied North Korean citizen Mun Chol Myong’s challenge to a US extradition request, and he was taken into custody of the FBI in Washington DC on Saturday (20 March 2021). A federal court in Washington DC had issued a warrant for his arrest in May 2019. See reports. Mr Myong is alleged to have …

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OFAC agrees $500k settlement with digital currency processing company

OFAC has announced that BitPay, a digital currency payments processing company based in Atlanta, Georgia, has agreed to pay $507,375 to settle its civil liability for 2,102 violations of multiple US sanctions regimes. Between June 2013 and September 2018, customers in sanctioned jurisdictions, namely the Crimea region of Ukraine, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Sudan, and Syria were able to make …

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DOJ charges 3 with participating in cyber conspiracy which circumvented sanctions

A federal indictment has been unsealed charging 3 North Korean computer programmers with participating in a conspiracy to launch cyber-attacks against financial institutions and companies to steal over $1.3 billion of funds and cryptocurrency. Amongst other charges, the defendants are alleged to have developed and marketed a marine chain token, supported by a blockchain, for the purpose of evading US …

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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

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1129

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

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1136

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)