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.Show full details
Since 2016, the UN has introduced wide-ranging new sanctions on North Korea.
The EU has implemented all UN sanctions on North Korea, and has introduced its own sanctions.
Summary of Current UN Sanctions:
Summary of Current EU Sanctions:
The EU implements all UN sanctions on North Korea. By way of autonomous measures, the EU has also:
The EU has also imposed its own sanctions listings, in addition to the UN listings that it implements.
People and entities designated by the UN Security Council as being involved in or supporting North Korea’s nuclear-related, ballistic-missile-related, or other WMD-related programmes. In addition, people and entities:
Today (31 January), OFAC announced a $996,080 settlement with e.l.f Cosmetics Inc (Oakland, California), to settle its potential civil liability for 156 apparent violations of the North Korea Sanctions Regulations. Specifically, e.l.f Cosmetics Inc is alleged to have imported, between April 2012 and January 2017, 156 shipments of false eyelash kits (total value of $4,427,019.26) […]
Following their deaths, the EU has removed one entry, Iosif (Joseph) Davydovich Kobzon, from its Russia/Ukraine sanctions list, and two entries, Chu Kyu-Chang and Kim Yong-chun, from its North Korea sanctions list. See Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/95, Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/92, Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/96, and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/93.
4 South Koreans have been charged in South Korea with importing around £4.55million worth of coal and pig iron from North Korea in violation of UN sanctions. The sanctions prohibiting North Korean exports of coal, iron, and lead were introduced in August last year (see previous blog). Prosecutors in South Korea allege that forged certificates […]
OFAC has sanctioned 3 individuals, pursuant to Executive Order 13687 (asset freeze and travel ban), in response to the “North Korean regime’s ongoing and serious human rights abuses and censorship”. The individuals are: Choe Ryong Hae (Director of the Workers’ Party of Korea Organisation and Guidance Department), Jong Kyong Thaek (Minister of State Security), and […]
OFAC has designated Russia-born, South African national Vladlen Amtchentsev pursuant to Executive Order 13722 for acting for or on behalf of Velmur Management Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based entity previously designated by the US for being involved in the purchase of fuel oil and gasoil for North Korea. As a result, Mr Amtchentsev will now be […]