UK sanctions relating to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

This page provides guidance on the UK’s sanctions regime relating to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

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

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 came fully into force on 31 December 2020. They are intended to ensure that certain sanctions measures relating to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea continue to operate effectively.

You should also review the Sanctions (EU Exit)(Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019, the Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020 and the Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 to find out any amendments made to the Regulations.

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.

These regulations have replaced, with substantially the same effect, relevant existing EU legislation and related UK regulations.

Those persons who are designated under this regime are included on the UK sanctions list.

Find out more about other UK sanctions regimes.

Contact details

For further information on financial sanctions: contact the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation or subscribe to the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation’s e-alerts

For further information on export controls: contact the Export Control Joint Unit Helpline on 020 7215 4594 or email or subscribe to the Export Control Joint Unit’s notices to exporters

For further information on import controls: contact the Department for International Trade’s Import Licensing Branch on

For further information on transport sanctions: contact the Department for Transport on

For general information on sanctions: contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s Sanctions Directorate on


Updates to this page

Published 12 March 2019
Last updated 31 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. The UK's sanctions framework has changed.

  2. A link to general guidance on financial sanctions has been added.

  3. First published.