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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US corruption and human rights designations

The US imposed sanctions on numerous people and entities this week for their involvement in corruption and/or human rights abuses. The designations were made ahead of/on International Anti-Corruption Day, International Human Rights Day and the Summit for Democracy. The US also issued its ‘Strategy on Countering Corruption’ on 6 December (previous post). 6 December 2021 OFAC designated Alain Mukonda and …

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UN Panel of Experts report – humanitarian impact of North Korea sanctions

The mid-term report of the UN Security Council 1718 Sanctions Committee (DPRK) Panel of Experts was published in September 2021. The report raises concerns about the humanitarian impact of UN sanctions on North Korea. The Panel recommends: The continuation of biannual briefings by relevant UN agencies on the unintended impact of sanctions; That measures be taken to re-establish a stable …

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UN DPRK Sanctions Committee grants humanitarian exemptions

The UN Security Council 1718 Sanctions Committee (DPRK) has recently granted 2 South Korean entities humanitarian exemptions to UN sanctions on North Korea: On 28 October 2021, it granted the Seoul-based Yoido Full Gospel Missions Foundation an exemption to send over 1200 specified items to the Pyongyang Cardiac Hospital as part of a project to treat severe diseases of vulnerable …

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US cryptocurrency expert pleads guilty to violating North Korea sanctions

Virgil Griffith, a US citizen and cryptocurrency expert, has pleaded guilty in US federal court to 1 count of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Department of Justice Press Release. In April 2019, Mr Griffith violated US sanctions on North Korea by travelling to the Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference and presenting technical advice on using …

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UK says it has evidence of ships violating UN sanctions on North Korea

The Royal Navy has captured evidence of ships apparently breaching UN sanctions on North Korea in the East China Sea, according to the UK Ministry of Defence. The HMS Richmond is said to have obtained photographic and video evidence of the violations whilst assisting in a September 2021 UN Security Council sanctions monitoring and enforcement activity. The UK has passed …

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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

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1300

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

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1304

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)