UN Security Council Adopts New Sanctions on North Korea

By: Michael T. Gershberg, Justin A. Schenck

On September 11, 2017, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2375 imposing new sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test.  The new sanctions significantly restrict trade with the country and are intended to block most of its revenue.  Specifically, the UN agreed to cap the amount of crude oil and petroleum products sold to North Korea, ban the sale of natural gas to North Korea, prohibit the export of North Korean textiles, and ban the use of North Korean labor overseas.  Additionally, the resolution requires the end of most joint ventures with North Korea, bans transfers of additional dual-use items to North Korea, and imposes asset freezes on sections of the North Korean government and military.

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