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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Report says UK shell companies used to disguise N Korean shipping sanctions violations

An investigation by RUSI (the Royal United Services Institute) and The Times suggests that UK shell companies are used to disguise a network of commercial cargo vessels exporting North Korean coal in violation of UN and EU sanctions. The investigation found that in January 2019, a British-owned vessel named the Lucky Star was captured with […]

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OFAC sanctions 3 North Korean state-sponsored cyber groups

OFAC has listed 3 North Korean state-sponsored cyber groups, “Lazarus Group”, “Bluenoroff”, and “Andariel” as “agencies, instrumentalities, or controlled entities of the Government of North Korea” and for being controlled by US- and UN-designated Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGC), North Korea’s intelligence bureau, pursuant to Executive Order 13722. Lazarus Group “was involved in the destructive WannaCry […]

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OFAC designates Taiwan/Hong Kong shipping network for violating N Korea sanctions

OFAC has listed 2 individuals Huang Wang Ken and Chen Mei Hsiang, and 3 entities, Jui Pang Shipping, Jui Zong Ship Management Co (both Taiwan-based), and Jui Cheng Shipping Company (Hong Kong-based) in response to “illicit ship-to-ship (STS) transfers to circumvent United Nations sanctions that restrict the import of petroleum products”. They have been designated […]

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US court rules DOJ can access non-US bank records in sanctions investigation

The US District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled on appeal that the DOJ had the authority to demand 3 Chinese banks disclose transaction records from non-US accounts in an investigation into violations of N Korea sanctions. The court held that the DOJ should have access to these records regardless of the location […]

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UN authorises N Korea sanctions exemptions for food aid

The UNSC Committee overseeing Resolution 1718 (imposing sanctions on North Korea) has authorised an Italian company, Agrotec SPA, which was contracted by the European Commission, to export agricultural machinery and equipment to advance N Korea’s food security. Following a severe drought in N Korea, a German NGO Deutsche Welthungerhilfe has also been approved to deliver […]

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Current Sanctions

EU UK

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

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 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