Department of Peace and Conflict Research

North Korea

Recent Sanctions-related UN Resolutions

30 November 2016 – With Resolution 2321 the Security Council decides

that resolution 2270 (2016) shall apply with respect to all leasing, chartering or provision of crew services to the DPRK and to registration, owning or leasing of vessels in the DPRK and supply of new helicopters without exception, unless the Committee approves on a case –by- case basis in advance. Members of the Government of DPRK and vessels believed to be related to nuclear- or ballistic missile-related programmes or activities prohibited by this, and previous Security Council resolutions, shall be prohibited from entering Member States’ territories and ports.

Member states shall prohibit DPRK from using real property that it owns or leases in their territory for any purpose other than diplomatic and consular activities.  Member states shall take necessary measures to close bank accounts in DPRK within 90 days and individuals working on behalf of a DPRK bank or financial institution should be expelled from the Member State’s territory.

A ban on DPRK’s selling, and Member States’ procurement, of copper, nickel, silver and zink is imposed.

The mandate of the Committee set out in resolution 1718 shall apply also to the measures imposed in this resolution.

24 March 2016 – With Resolution 2276 the Security Council decides to extend the madate of the Panel of Experts until 24 April 2017. The mandate shall also apply to the measures imposed in resolution 2270 (2016).

2 March 2016 – With Resolution 2270 the Security Council decides that the arms embargo imposed in 2006 with resolution 1718 shall apply to all arms and related material including small arms and light weapons. The measures shall apply also to individuals, including travel ban, and entities listed in this resolution. All member states shall prevent specialized training of DPRK nationals, which could contribute to the DPRK’s proliferation sensitive nuclear activities, whitin their territories. States shall deny aircrafts suspected to contain items prohibited by resolution 1718 to take off from their territory and also prohibit entry into their ports of vessels contains cargo prohibited by resolution 1718.

The Security Council also decides that the DPRK shall abandon all chemical and biological weapons and weapons-related programs.

A ban on DPRK’s selling, and Member States’ procurement, of coal, iron, iron ore, gold, titanium ore, vanadium ore and rare earth materials is imposed.

The Security Council decides that asset freeze imposed in 2006 resolution 1718 shall apply to all financial assets controlled the Government of the DPRK or the Worker’s Party of Korea.

The mandate of the Committee set out in resolution 1718 shall apply also to the measures imposed in this resolution.

4 March 2015 – With Resolution 2207 the Security Council decides to extend the mandate of the Panel of Experts until 5 April 2016.

7 March 2013 – With Resolution 2094 the Security Council decides that the DPRK shall not conduct any further launches that use ballistic missile technology, nuclear

tests or any other provocation. Arms embargo, assets freeze and travel ban imposed by resolution 1718 in 2006 continues to apply to individuals and entities listed in this resolution. Entry into ports of vessels containing cargo prohibited by resolution 1718 shall be prohibited by Member States. SC also decides that measures imposed in 2006 by resolution 1718 shall apply to individuals listed in this resolution.

The mandate of the Committee set out in resolution 1718 shall apply also to the measures imposed in this resolution. 

12 June 2009 – The Security Council condemns the nuclear test conducted by DPRK on May 25 and imposes resolution 1874. SC decides that DPRK shall abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs. The measures imposed through resolution 1718 shall also apply to all arms and related material and to financial transactions and measures imposed on entities, goods and individuals are adjusted. The Committee shall intensify efforts to promote the full implementation of resolution 1718. IAEA shall be given access to individuals, documentation, equipment and facilities as may be required and deemed necessary by the IAEA. 

14 October 2006 – Following the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear testing on 9 October 2006 the Security Council determines, through resolution 1718, that the situation constitutes a threat to international peace and security. A resolution which was previously adopted in July 2006, resolution 1695, is thereby strengthened with mandatory measures. The measures include an arms embargo on conventional weapons, on all items that can contribute to DPRK’s programmes on weapons of mass destruction, and on all related training and services. Sanctions on luxury goods and asset freezes are also imposed. All assets on the territory of any Member State that are owned or controlled by individuals or entities that are involved with DPRK’s programmes that are related to weapons of mass destruction are to be frozen. The individuals and entities targeted are those that are specified by the Committee or the Security Council. Persons designated, and their families, are also banned from travelling.