U.S. Department of State
Other State Department Archive SitesU.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
The State Department web site below is a permanent electronic archive of information released online from January 1, 1997 to January 20, 2001. Please see www.state.gov for current material from the Department of State. Or visit http://2001-2009.state.gov for information from that period. Archive sites are not updated, so external links may no longer function. Contact us with any questions about finding information. NOTE: External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views contained therein.
U.S. Department of State

Great Seal logo

Further Easing of Sanctions Against North Korea

Fact sheet released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State, September 17, 1999

Blue Bar rule

In 1950, during the early days of the Korean War, under the authorities of the Trading with the Enemy Act, the Export Administration Act, and the Defense Production Act, the United States imposed a total embargo on all trade, economic transactions, and shipping with the D.P.R.K.

The various prohibitions have been modified through the years. In 1989, travel restrictions to North Korea were eased to facilitate academic, sports, and cultural exchanges. Also in 1989, the sanctions were relaxed to permit the export and import of informational materials, and Export Administration Regulations were modified to allow the donation to North Korea of goods to meet basic human needs.

After the signing of the Agreed Framework in 1994, the United States eased economic sanctions against North Korea in the areas of telecommunications, financial transactions, import of magnesite from North Korea, and participation by U.S. firms in activities related to the North Korean Light Water Reactor project. The natural disasters of 1995, 1996, and 1997 prompted further easing to allow the export to North Korea of critical humanitarian goods.

Now, in accordance with recent improvements in the U.S.-D.P.R.K. relationship, the United States will ease substantially sanctions in categories that fall under the Trading with the Enemy Act, the Export Administration Regulations, and the Defense Production Act.

Specifically, the sanctions easing will allow a wide range of exports and imports of U.S. and D.P.R.K. commercial and consumer goods. Direct personal and commercial financial transactions will be allowed between U.S. and D.P.R.K. persons. Restrictions on investment will also be eased. Commercial U.S. ships and aircraft carrying U.S. goods will be allowed to call at D.P.R.K. ports.

[end of document]

Blue Bar rule

|| East Asian and Pacific Affairs |
U.S. Department of State | Disclaimers ||