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UK sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

This page provides guidance on the UK’s sanctions regime on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The UK currently implements EU and UN sanctions through EU legislation and related UK regulations.

This page tells you about sanctions in a no-deal Brexit. It will be updated if anything changes, including if a deal is agreed.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) sanctions regime

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 are intended to ensure that certain sanctions measures relating to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which are currently in force in the UK under EU legislation and related UK regulations, continue to operate effectively after the UK leaves the EU.

This sanctions regime gives effect to the UK’s obligations under United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013), 2270 (2016), 2321 (2016), 2356 (2017), 2371(2017), 2375(2017), and 2397 (2017). It aims to restrict the ability of the DPRK to carry on banned programmes, promoting the abandonment by the DPRK of banned programmes and the decommissioning of the DPRK’s banned weapons. It also aims to promote peace, security and stability on the Korean peninsula. When these regulations come into force they will replace, with substantially the same effect, relevant existing EU legislation and related UK regulations.

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Documents

We will be publishing statutory guidance for this sanctions regime on this GOV.UK page soon, which will include information on licensing.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

An explanatory memorandum accompanies the regulations, providing further information on their provisions.

Section 2(4) of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018: report

Section 18 of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 in relation to criminal offences: report

Published 12 March 2019
Last updated 22 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. A link to general guidance on financial sanctions has been added.
  2. First published.