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Sanctions Brochures are an overview of OFAC's regulations with regard to the North Korea sanctions. They are useful quick reference tools.
Frequently Asked Questions
OFAC has compiled hundreds of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its sanctions programs and related policies. The links below send the user to the entire list of OFAC's FAQs.
OFAC issues interpretive guidance on specific issues related to the sanctions programs it administers. These interpretations of OFAC policy are sometimes published in response to a public request for guidance or may be released proactively by OFAC in order to address a complex topic.
Applying for a Specific OFAC License
It may be in your and the U.S. government’s interest to authorize particular economic activity related to the North Korea sanctions. Certain activities related to the North Korea sanctions may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC. Visit the link below to apply for an OFAC license.
OFAC issues general licenses in order to authorize acitivites that would otherwise be prohibited with regard to North Korea. General licenses allow all US persons to engage in the activity described in the general license without needing to apply for a specific license.
- General License Number 1 - North Korean Mission to the United Nations and Employees of the United Nations (March 16, 2016)
- General License Number 2 - Provision of Certain Legal Services Authorized (March 16, 2016)
- General License Number 3 - Entries in Certain Accounts for Normal Service Charges Authorized (March 16, 2016)
- General License Number 4 - Noncommercial, Personal Remittances Authorized (March 16, 2016)
- General License Number 5 - Certain Services in Support of Nongovernmental Organizations' Activities Authorized (March 16, 2016)
- General License Number 6 - Third-country Diplomatic and Consular Funds Transfers Authorized (March 16, 2016)
- General License Number 7 - Transactions Related to Telecommunications and Mail Authorized (March 16, 2016)
- General License Number 8 - Certain Transactions Related to Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights Authorized (March 16, 2016)
- General License Number 9 - Emergency Medical Services Authorized (March 16, 2016)
Guidance on OFAC Licensing Policy
Certain activities related to North Korea may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC. Below OFAC has issued guidance and statements on specific licensing policies as they relate to the North Korea.
- Licenses for Legal Fees and Costs - Guidance on the Release of Limited Amounts of Blocked Funds for Payment of Legal Fees and Costs Incurred in Challenging the Blocking of U.S. Persons in Administrative or Civil Proceedings
- Entities Owned By Blocked Persons - Guidance On Entities Owned By Persons Whose Property And Interests In Property Are Blocked
Executive Orders, Statutes, Rules and Regulations Relating to North Korea
The North Korea sanctions program represents the implementation of multiple legal authorities. Some of these authorities are in the form of executive orders issued by the President. Other authorities are public laws (statutes) passed by The Congress. These authorities are further codified by OFAC in its regulations which are published the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Modifications to these regulations are posted in the Federal Register. In addition to all of these authorites, OFAC may also implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) with regard to the North Korea.
- Proclamation 8271 - Termination of the Exercise of Authorities Under the Trading With the Enemy Act With Respect to North Korea (Effective Date - June 27, 2008)
- 13722 - Blocking Property of the Government of North Korea and the Workers' Party of Korea, and Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to North Korea (Effective date - March 16, 2016)
- 13687 - Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea (Effective date - January 2, 2015)
- 13570 - Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect To North Korea (Effective date - April 18, 2011)
- 13551 - Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to North Korea (Effective date - August 30, 2010)
- 13466 - Continuing Certain Restrictions With Respect to North Korea and North Korean Nationals (June 26, 2008)
Code of Federal Regulations
Federal Register Notices
- 76 FR 35740-11 amending the North Korea Sanctions Regulations to implement Executive Order 13570
- 76 FR 35739-11 removing parts 500 and 505 from 31 CFR chapter V pursuant to Proclamation 8271 of June 26, 2008
- 75 FR 67912-10 North Korea Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 510
- 72 FR 4960-07 Foreign Assets Control Regulations - Amendment to prohibit U.S. persons from registering vessels in North Korea
- 71 FR 17345-06 Foreign Assets Control Regulations - Amendment to limit the authorization of property transactions involving North Korea
United Nations Security Council Resolutions
- 2270 (2 March 2016)
- 2094 (7 March 2013)
- 2087 (22 January 2013)
- 1874 (12 June 2009)
- 1718 (14 October 2006)