The EU has updated its sanctions in respect of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“DPRK”) in order to implement recent changes to UN sanctions on DPRK (as discussed in our recent blog post available here).

The update identifies a list of additional goods to which the prohibitions on the transfer, procurement and provision of technical assistance apply (the “Sensitive Goods List”). The Sensitive Goods List is split into both (1) Nuclear- and/or Missile-usable Items and (2) Chemical/Biological Weapons-usable Items. It includes various goods meeting certain specifications as set out in the Annex to the Regulation.

The “Nuclear- and/or Missile-usable Items” list includes the following types of goods if they meet certain specifications: magnet materials; maraging steel; magnetic alloy materials in sheet or thin strip form; frequency changers (also known as converters or inverters); high-strength aluminium alloy; fibrous or filamentary materials; filament winding machines; flow-forming machines; laser welding equipment; 4- and 5-axis CNC machine tools; plasma cutting equipment and metal hydrides.

The “Chemical/Biological Weapons-usable Items” list includes the following types of goods if they meet certain specifications: certain chemicals suitable for the production of chemical warfare agents; reaction vessels reactors, agitators, heat exchangers, condensers, pumps, valves, storage tanks, containers, receivers, and distillation or absorption columns that meet certain performance parameters; and conventional or turbulent air-flow clean-air rooms and self-contained fan-HEPA filter units that could be used for certain containment facilities.

Please see Implementing Regulation 2016/1831 of 14 October 2016 amending Regulation 329/2007 for full details of the goods covered.