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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EU imposes first sanctions under cyber-attack regime

The EU has imposed sanctions (asset freeze and travel ban) on 6 people and 3 entities for their involvement in the “Wannacry”, “NotPetra”, “Operation Cloud Hopper” cyber-attacks, and attempted attack on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). These are the first designations under the EU’s cyber sanctions regime. Those listed are said to be responsible for or …

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EU renews autonomous sanctions against North Korea

The EU has renewed its autonomous sanctions against North Korea for 1 year. 57 people and 9 entities will continue to be subject to EU-wide asset freezing measures and a travel ban for “contributing to the DPRK’s nuclear-related, ballistic-missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes or for sanctions evasion”. The relevant UNSC Resolutions designating a further 80 people and 75 …

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N Korea said to be breaching UN sanctions in complaint by 43 states

It has been reported that 43 states have filed a complaint with the UN Security Council North Korea Sanctions Monitoring Committee accusing N Korea of violating UN sanctions by importing 1.6m barrels of refined petroleum between January and May 2020. UN sanctions restrict these exports to 500,000 barrels per year. The complaint requests that the Committee make a determination that …

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US seeks forfeiture of $2.37m relating to DPRK sanctions violations

A forfeiture complaint has been filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that $2,372,793 from 4 companies is subject to forfeiture based on violations of N Korea sanctions. The complaint alleges that the 4 companies were used by North Korean banks to launder funds, and gain access to the US financial system, in contravention of …

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OFAC reaches $665k settlement with UAE company

OFAC has announced that UAE-based Essentra FZE Company has agreed to pay $665,112 to settle civil liability for 3 violations of the North Korea Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 510 (NKSR). Settlement Agreement and Web Notice. Between September and December 2018, Essentra exported cigarette filters to North Korea through a network of front companies in China and other countries. Essentra …

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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

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