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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OFAC updates listing information for 490 N Korea SDNs

OFAC has updated the listing information for 490 Specially Designated Nationals subject to sanctions on North Korea to include the following: “Transactions Prohibited For Persons Owned or Controlled by U.S. Financial Institutions: North Korea Sanctions Regulations section 510.214”. This serves to remind non-US subsidiaries of US financial institutions of the recent amendments to the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement …

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South Korean NGO granted North Korea sanctions exemption

The UN Security Council 1718 Sanctions Committee (DPRK) has granted an exemption from UN sanctions to Greentree International, a South Korean NGO, for 6 months. The exemption allows the NGO to import items required to carry out a project entitled “the Agricultural Rehabilitation Project for physical-psychological development and recovery of people with disabilities”. Items to install a greenhouse, including seeds, …

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2019/2020 UN Panel of Experts N Korea sanctions report

The Panel of Experts assigned to the UN Security Council’s DPRK Sanctions Committee has finalised its 2019/2020 annual report. The main points include: Reports that N Korea has expanded its illicit imports of refined petroleum products in violation of UNSC resolutions through ship-to-ship transfers with Chinese vessels and direct deliveries with foreign-flagged vessels. US imagery and data suggest that the …

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OFAC DPRK cyber-attacks advisory – secondary sanctions & access to records

OFAC has issued an advisory on the threat of cyber-attacks posed by North Korea, which provides recommended steps to mitigate the threat. It states that any people/entities engaging in/supporting N Korea cyber-related activity may become subject to sanctions, and that the US Treasury or Attorney General may subpoena a foreign financial institution that maintains a correspondent bank account in the …

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OFAC fact sheet on humanitarian assistance to designated countries

OFAC has published a fact sheet to highlight the most relevant exemptions, exceptions, and authorisations for humanitarian assistance and trade, with a particular focus on Covid-19-related humanitarian and PPE supplies, under the Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Syria, Cuba, and Ukraine/Russia-related? sanctions programs. Among other international actors, the UN and EU have recently called for the US to clarify its humanitarian aid sanctions exemptions (see post and post), …

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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