April 20, 2018: EU, HMT add 4 to DPRK sanctions

Last Friday, Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) implemented Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2018/602 By adding the following 4 persons to the sanctions against North Korea:

1. DJANG Tcheul Hy

DOB: 11/05/1950. POB: Kangwon Other Information: Annex XV. EU listing. Not UN. DJANG Tcheul Hy has been involved together with her husband KIM Yong Nam, her son KIM Su Gwang and her daughter-in-law KIM Kyong Hui in a pattern of deceptive financial practices which could contribute to the DPRK’s nuclear- related, ballistic-missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes. She was the owner of several bank accounts in the Union which were opened by her son KIM Su Gwang in her name. She was also involved in several bank transfers from accounts from her daughter-in-law KIM Kyong Hui to bank accounts outside the Union. Listed on: 20/04/2018 Last Updated: 20/04/2018 Group ID: 13663.

2. KIM Kyong Hui

DOB: 06/05/1981. POB: Pyongyang, DPRK Other Information: Annex XV. EU listing. Not UN. KIM Kyong Hui has been involved together with her husband KIM Su Gwang, her father-in-law KIM Yong Nam and her mother-in-law DJANG Tcheul Hy in a pattern of deceptive financial practices which could contribute to the DPRK’s nuclear-related, ballistic-missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes. She received several bank transfers from her husband KIM Su Gwang and fatherin-law KIM Yong Nam, and transferred money to accounts outside the Union in her name or the name of her motherin-law, DJANG Tcheul Hy. Listed on: 20/04/2018 Last Updated: 20/04/2018 Group ID: 13665.

3. KIM Su Gwang

DOB: 18/08/1976. POB: Pyongyang, DPRK a.k.a: (1) KIM, Son-Kwang (2) KIM, Sou-Gwang (3) KIM, Soukwang (4) KIM, Sou-Kwang (5) KIM, Su-

Kwang Position: Diplomat, DPRK Embassy, Belarus Other Information: Annex XV. EU listing. Not UN. KIM Su Gwang has been identified by the Panel of Experts as an agent of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, an entity which has been designated by the United Nations. He and his father KIM Yong Nam have been identified by the Panel of Experts as engaging in a pattern of deceptive financial practices which could contribute to the DPRK’s nuclear-related, ballistic-missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes. KIM Su Gwang has opened multiple bank accounts in several Member States, including under family members’ names. He has been involved in various large bank transfers to bank accounts in the Union or to accounts outside the Union while working as a diplomat, including to accounts in the name of his spouse KIM Kyong Hui. Listed on: 20/04/2018 Last Updated: 20/04/2018 Group ID: 13664.

4. KIM Yong Nam

DOB: 02/12/1947. POB: Sinuju, DPRK a.k.a: (1) KIM, Yong-Nam (2) KIM, Young- Gon (3) KIM, Young-Nam Other Information: Annex XV. EU listing. Not UN. KIM Yong Nam has been identified by the Panel of Experts as an agent of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, an entity which has been designated by the United Nations. He and his son KIM Su Gwang have been identified by the Panel of Experts as engaging in a pattern of deceptive financial practices which could contribute to the DPRK’s nuclear-related, ballistic-missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes. KIM Yong Nam has opened various current and savings accounts in the Union and has been involved in various large bank transfers to bank accounts in the Union or to accounts outside the Union while working as a diplomat, including to accounts in the name of his son KIM Su Gwang and daughter-in-law KIM Kyong Hui. Listed on: 20/04/2018 Last Updated: 20/04/2018 Group ID: 13662.

And the EU issued the following press release:

North Korea: EU adds four persons involved in financing of nuclear programme to sanctions list

The Council added four persons to the list of those subject to the restrictive measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). These restrictive measures consist of a travel ban and an asset freeze. The four individuals have been involved in deceptive financial practices which are suspected of contributing to the DPRK’s nuclear-related, ballistic-missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes.

The EU’s sanctions regime against the DPRK is its toughest on any country. These sanctions were adopted in response to the DPRK’s nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development activities, which are in breach of numerous UNSC resolutions. The EU not only transposes the sanctions imposed by the UN but also has its own autonomous sanctions regime on the DPRK, which complements and reinforces the sanctions adopted by the UN. The additional listings adopted today are part of the EU’s autonomous sanctions regime against the DPRK.

The decision brings the total number of persons listed autonomously by the EU to 59. In addition, the EU has frozen the assets of 9 entities as part of its own sanctions regime. It has also transposed all relevant UN Security Council resolutions, which impose sanctions on 80 persons and 75 entities currently listed by the UN.

EU foreign ministers discussed the situation on the Korean peninsula with the South Korean Foreign Minister, Kang Kyung-wha, on 19 March 2018, in light of the recent announcements made by the DPRK’s leadership and looking ahead to the summit between Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in scheduled for April and the announced meeting between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. They welcomed South Korea’s efforts to de-escalate tensions on the peninsula and improve intra-Korean relations, and to create the conditions needed to work towards a diplomatic solution aimed at the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

The legal acts were adopted by written procedure. They include the names and specific reasons for listing and will be published in the Official Journal of 20 April 2018.

Links:

HMT Notice

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2018/602

EU Press Release

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