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United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718 was adopted unanimously by the United Nations
Security Council on October 14, 2006. The resolution imposes a series of economic and commercial
sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (the DPRK, or North Korea) in the aftermath
of that nation's claimed nuclear test of October 9, 2006.

The resolution's provisions include:

 North Korea must "not conduct any further nuclear test or launch of a ballistic missile", "suspend
all activities related to its ballistic missile programme" and "abandon all nuclear weapons and
existing nuclear programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner".
 The DPRK must also "return immediately to the six-party talks without precondition".
 Shipments of cargo going to and from North Korea may be stopped and inspected for weapons
of mass destruction or associated items (however, there is no obligation placed on member
states to perform such inspections).
 A ban is placed on imports and exports of "battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large calibre
artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles or missile systems",
"related materiel including spare parts" and any other items identified by the sanctions
 UN member states must freeze the overseas assets of individuals and companies involved with
the DPRK's weapons programmes. An international travel ban is also placed on programme
employees and their families.
 UN members are banned from exporting luxury goods to North Korea.

United Nations resolution 1874

The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted June 12, 2009 to impose additional security and
economic sanctions and a trade and arms embargo on North Korea for testing a nuclear device May
25, 2009 so for testing a long-range ballistic missile in April.

The resolution, number 1874, was submitted to the Security Council on June 10 by the five
permanent members of the Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — and
also Japan and South Korea. Significantly, the measure calls on U.N. members to inspect North
Korean cargo ships and cargo-laden aircraft to seize and destroy any weapons or materials that are
in violation of the U.N.-imposed sanctions.

Provisions of the resolution:

• It imposes a total embargo on arms exports from North Korea and expands the ban on arms
• It creates a new framework for nations to cooperate in inspecting cargo ships and airplanes
suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction and other banned goods.
• It calls on nations and international financial institutions to disrupt funds that could support North
Korea’s nuclear and missile development programs.
• It commits to create targeted sanctions on any additional goods, entities and individuals involved
in North Korea’s illicit behaviour.
• It strengthens the mechanisms to monitor and tighten the implementation of this new sanctions
Latest UN- North Korea
Ban welcomes DPR Korea’s release of detained US national

 27 August 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the release of Aijalon Mahli
Gomes, a United States national who was freed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
(DPRK) on humanitarian grounds during a visit to Pyongyang by former US President Jimmy
 Mr. Carter reportedly secured the release of Mr. Gomes, a 31-year-old American who has been
in the DPRK’s custody since January 2010 after being arrested for entering the country illegally,
and who was sentenced in April to eight years of hard labour and a fine of $700,000.
 Mr. Ban is also encouraging emergency humanitarian assistance to DPRK, which has been
affected by recent flooding.
 Heavy downpours last week swelled the Yalu River, which forms part of the border between
DPRK and China, sending water spilling over its banks on both sides. The floods have reportedly
washed away homes, roads, railways and farmland and caused an unspecified number of
 The Secretary-General “has been closely following with concern on the flood situation in the
DPRK and its possible impact on the already vulnerable humanitarian situation there and the
funding gaps faced by the UN Humanitarian Country Team,” said the statement.