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The European Union has extended sanctions on North Korea for a year, the EU Council reported.

The statement runs as follows:

The Council today confirmed the list of individuals and entities subject to the EU's autonomous sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

As a consequence, the existing restrictive measures - travel ban and asset freeze - imposed on the listed persons and entities will continue to apply for one year, until the next annual review.

The 57 listed individuals and 9 listed entities are subject to the above sanctions for contributing to the DPRK's nuclear-related, ballistic-missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes or for sanctions evasion.

The EU's sanctions against the DPRK are the toughest against any country. They were adopted in response to the country’s nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development activities, which are in breach of numerous UNSC resolutions. The EU has transposed all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and has in place its own autonomous sanctions regime with regard to the DPRK, which complements and reinforces the sanctions adopted by the UN. The UN has imposed sanctions on 80 persons and 75 entities.

The EU has repeatedly expressed its strong conviction that lasting peace and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula must be achieved by peaceful means, and that the diplomatic process must be continued as the only way towards realising that goal. 

The legal acts will be published in the Official Journal on 31 July 2020.

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