Overview of North Korea Sanctions Prohibitions Related to Supply Chains
Both the United States and the United Nations (UN) maintain robust sanctions regimes against North Korea. A high-level overview of these prohibitions follows, but all individuals and entities reviewing this advisory are encouraged to ensure they understand fully all sanctions obligations, in all jurisdictions in which they operate, that pertain to their activities. Please note that this section is current as of the date of this advisory – the most- up-to-date information can be found at the websites listed in the footnotes below.
The United States prohibits, among other things5:
All transactions or dealings involving the North Korean government or the Workers’ Party of Korea;
The exportation or re-exportation, direct or indirect, from the United States, or by a United States
person, wherever located, of any goods, services, or technology to North Korea;
The importation into the United States, direct or indirect, of any goods, services, or technology from
Vessels and aircrafts that have visited North Korea within the last six months, or engaged in a ship-to-
ship transfer with such a vessel, from visiting the United States;
New investment in North Korea by a United States person, wherever located;
Any approval, financing, facilitation, or guarantee by a United States person, wherever located, of a
transaction by a foreign person where the transaction by the foreign person would be prohibited if
performed by a United States person or within the United States, and;
The importation into the United States of any goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced,
and manufactured wholly or in part by North Korean citizens or nationals. The United Nations prohibits the importations from North Korea of the following6:
Seafood, including fishing rights
Iron and iron ore
Lead and lead ore
Rare earth metals
Statues and monuments
Food and agricultural products
Earth and stone, including magnesium and magnesite
Joint Ventures: UN Security Council resolution 2375 requires Member States to prohibit all joint ventures with North Korean entities and individuals, whether new or already existing, subject to very narrow exceptions.
Labor: UN Security Council resolution 2397 requires all Member States to repatriate all North Koreans earning income no later than 24 months from December 22, 2017, subject to very narrow exceptions.