The European Union (EU) extended its restrictive measures against DPRK for a year. This was reported on Thursday, July 30, on the website of the EU Council.
“The Council today approved the list of individuals and entities subject to EU autonomous sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). As a result, the existing restrictive measures (travel ban and assets freeze) imposed on the listed individuals and entities will continue to apply for one year, until the next annual review,” the statement said.
The sanctions apply to dozens of individuals for participation in or evasion of DPRK’s nuclear-related, ballistic missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes.
The EU stressed that it has repeatedly expressed its conviction that lasting peace and denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula should be achieved through peaceful means.
On June 17, U.S. President Donald Trump also extended sanctions against the DPRK since 2008 for another year, as the actions of the North Korean authorities continue to pose a serious threat to the U.S. administration’s national security, economy and foreign policy.
It was reported in February that North Korea continued to develop its nuclear and missile programmes in 2019, despite the relevant UN Security Council sanctions.