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UN Resolution 1874 and Sanctions Resources

 U.N. Sanctions Updated Since Second Nuclear Test

These sanctions were implemented under the provisions UNSCR 1718, as detailed in UNSCR 1874.  For more information on UNSCR 1718, click here.

On July 16, 2009, the U.N. Sanctions Committee issued a list of entities, goods, and individuals to be restricted by sanctions, as called for in UNSCR 1718.  The sanctions aim to halt any import or export of heavy weaponry or materials for nuclear exploration. Additionally, banks and financiers were targeted who have been known to provide financial services for North Korean ballistic missile program. Restricted goods included several materials used in the construction of nuclear warheads, and restricted individuals were generally directors of corporations with the power and contacts to import uranium for enrichment, as well as some involved in the DPRK's General Bureau of Atomic Energy (GBAE). The list also names several individuals associated with the DPRK’s WMD programs; UN Member States are called upon to “prevent the entry into or transit through their territories” of these people. These changes were made in accordance with UNSC Resolution 1874, which was adopted in response to North Korea's second test of a nuclear device.  A timeline stretching back to 1955 can be helpful gaining a broader perspective on the sanctions.

Additionally, the UN Sanctions Committee established for the oversight of the implementation of 1718 posts all the official documents produced by the Sanctions Committee on its website, usually several days after news stories are released.

Official Reactions to UNSC Resolution 1874


North Korea: “DPRK Foreign Ministry Declares Strong Counter-Measures Against UNSC’s ‘Resolution 1874’”. KCNA, June 13

South Korea: “South Korean Statement on UNSC Resolution 1874”. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, June 15

Japan: Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone's remarks. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, June 13.

China: After voting for the Resolution, H.E. Ambassador Zhang Yesui's remarks. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, June 12.

United States: Ambassador Phillip S. Goldberg’s Statement on Implementation of Resolution 1874. US Department of State, July 6.

Key Documents

 Panel of Experts Report (2011) on UNSCR 1874

 CRS Memorandum on the Implementation of UNSCR 1874 October 8, 2010

UNSCR 1928  (June 2010)

Panel of Experts Report (2010) on 1874 (May 12, 2010)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874

UNSC Hearing: Non-proliferation/Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The UNSC convened to examine a letter written from the Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations to the President of the UN Security Council. There is a recording of the hearing available, also available on the UNSC website under 12 June 09, labeled "Non-proliferation/Democratic People's Republic of Korea." 


News Digest

"N. Koreans Rally Against UN" The Straits Times. June 16, 2009.

Reporting from Seoul, this article conveys the North Koreans' outrage at the newest wave of UN sanctions, as evidenced by rioting in Pyongyang.

 "US Fears Third Nuclear Test in North Korea" Peter Foster, The UK Telegraph. June 12, 2009.

 Foster's article suggests that a third nuclear test is a distinct possibility in North Korea, according to U.S. intelligence.  

"Japan PM Urges DPRK to Take UN Resolution 'Seriously'" Xinhua News Network. June 13, 2009.

 In this brief news clip, the Japanese Prime Minister demands that North Korea follows the UNSC sanctions strictly or risk further punishment.