EU toughens sanctions against North Korea


February 26, 2018

EU toughens sanctions against North Korea

The Council of the European Union toughens sanctions against North Korea in accordance to the resolution of the UN Security Council. 

“The Council increased the restrictive measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by finalising the transposition into EU law of the measures imposed by the latest UN Security Council resolution 2397 (2017),” the press release states. 

The introduced measures include “the strengthening of the export ban to the DPRK of all refined petroleum products by reducing the amount of barrels that may be exported from 2 million barrels to 500,000 barrels per year; 

a ban on imports from the DPRK of food and agricultural products, machinery, electrical equipment, earth and stone, and wood;

 a ban on exports to the DPRK of all industrial machinery, transportation vehicles, and expansion to all iron, steel and other metals; 

further maritime restrictive measures against vessels where there are reasonable grounds to believe that the vessel has been involved in the breach of UN sanctions; 

the requirement to repatriate all DPRK workers abroad within 24 months.” 

On December 22, 2017, the UN Security Council adopted the resolution on the intensification of sanctions against the DPRK unanimously in response to the country’s tests of ballistic missile carried out on November 29.