Refined petroleum products

I. Relevant paragraph of Security Council resolution 2397 (2017)

The exemptions from the ban on all refined petroleum products are provided for by the following:

  • Security Council resolution 2397 (2017): paragraph 5

II. What constitutes the exemptions to the ban on all refined petroleum products and how are they invoked?

Pursuant to paragraph 5 of resolution 2397 (2017), the ban on all refined petroleum products shall not apply with respect to the procurement by the DPRK or direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer from Member States to the DPRK, through their territories or by their nationals, or using their flag vessel or aircraft, pipe lines, rail lines, or vehicles, and whether or not originating in their territories, of refined petroleum products:

  • in the amount of up to 500,000 barrels during a period of 12 months beginning 1 January 2018, and for 12-month periods thereafter, provided that:
  1. The Member State notify the 1718 Committee every 30 days of the amount of such supply, sale or transfer to the DPRK of refined petroleum products along with information about all parties to the transaction;
  2. The supply, sale or transfer of refined petroleum products involve no individuals or entities that are associated with the DPRK’s nuclear or ballistic missile programmes or other activities prohibited by the relevant resolutions, including designated individuals or entities, or individuals or entities acting on their behalf or at their direction, or entities owned or controlled by them, directly or indirectly, or individuals or entities assisting in the evasion of sanctions;
  3. The supply, sale or transfer of refined petroleum products are exclusively for livelihood purposes of DPRK nationals and unrelated to generating revenue for the DPRK’s nuclear or ballistic missile programmes or other activities prohibited by the relevant resolutions.

III. Notifications on procurement by the DPRK or supply, sale or transfer from Member States to the DPRK of all refined petroleum products

Pursuant to paragraph 5 of resolution 2397 (2017), Member States are required to notify the 1718 Committee every thirty days of the amount of such supply, sale or transfer to the DPRK of refined petroleum products along with information about all parties to the transaction.

IV. How to notify the Committee of an exemption to the ban on all refined petroleum products?

Member States should send notifications containing the information as specified above in III to:

  • The Chair of the Committee, His Excellency Mr. Christoph Heusgen (Germany), through the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations

With copy to:

V. Notifications to Member States

Pursuant to paragraph 5 of resolution 2397 (2017), the 1718 Committee Secretary will notify all Member States when an aggregate amount of refined petroleum products supplied, sold or transferred to the DPRK has reached 75, 90 and 95 per cent of the aggregate amount allowed. When the aggregate amount of refined petroleum products supplied, sold or transferred to the DPRK has reached 95 per cent of the aggregate amount allowed, the 1718 Committee Secretary will also inform Member States that they must immediately cease selling, supplying, or transferring refined petroleum products to the DPRK for the remainder of the year.

VI. Reporting on supply, sale or transfer of refined petroleum products to the DPRK

Pursuant to paragraph 5 of resolution 2397 (2017), the Committee will make publically available on the 1718 Committee website (Supply, sale or transfer of all refined petroleum products to the DPRK), the total amount of refined petroleum products supplied, sold or transferred to the DPRK by month and by source country. This website is updated in real time upon receipt of notifications by Member States.