EU imposes further restrictive measures against North Korea

27 February 2017 (Last Updated February 27th, 2017 18:30)

The European Union (EU) council has expanded restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The European Union (EU) council has expanded restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The legal acts transpose the additional restrictive measures imposed by United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 2321, which was adopted on 30 November 2016.

The restrictive measures follow after North Korea launched a ballistic missile earlier this month.

The launch was a repeated disregard of its international obligations and a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions.

The set of additional sanctions has been imposed on transactions in iron, iron ore and coal from the DPRK, as well as a complete prohibition on the imports of copper, silver, nickel, zinc and statues from the DPRK.

"The member states can take further preventive measures to prohibit specialised teaching or training of DPRK nationals in disciplines that might contribute to Korea’s nuclear or ballistic-missile programmes."

The legal acts also tighten existing restrictions both in the transport sector and the financial sector.

New helicopters and vessels can no longer be exported to the DPRK, while the DPRK diplomatic mission and a DPRK diplomat cannot hold more than one bank account in the EU.

The council has also restricted use of real estate property by the DPRK in the EU.

Under the new legal restrictions, the member states can take further preventive measures to prohibit specialised teaching or training of DPRK nationals in disciplines that might contribute to Korea’s nuclear or ballistic-missile programmes.

With an exception to medical exchanges, the EU has also suspended scientific and technical cooperation that includes members or groups officially sponsored by or representing the DPRK.

The EU measures have been developed to avoid adverse humanitarian consequences for the country's civilian population, thereby exempting livelihood and humanitarian purposes, wherever appropriate.

In addition to travel restrictions for persons, the UNSCR also added 11 persons and ten entities to the list of those subject to asset freeze.

The UNSCR addition to the restrictive measures was transposed into EU law by a council decision adopted on 8 December 2016.

On 22 December 2006, the EU introduced the restrictive measures against North Korea.