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Issue No. 40, September - October 1999

Partial Lifting of US Sanctions Against North Korea

White House Statement

"Easing Sanctions Against North Korea", The White House, September 17, 1999.

"Today the President announced his decision to ease some sanctions against the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea), administered under the Trading With the Enemy Act, Defense Production Act, and the Department of Commerce's Export Administration Regulations.

The United States is taking this action in order to pursue improved overall relations with North Korea, support the Agreed Framework, and as a result of US-North Korean discussions in Berlin, 7-12 September, 1999. On the basis of these discussions, it is our understanding that North Korea will continue to refrain from testing long-range missiles of any kind as both sides move toward more normal relations.

The easing of sanctions will allow most consumer goods to be available for export to North Korea and will allow the importation of most North Korean-origin goods into the United States. To support this easing of sanctions in the trade of goods, most personal and commercial funds transfers will be allowed between US and North Korean persons. The relaxation of transportation restrictions will allow commercial air and sea transportation between the US and North Korea for passengers and cargo, subject to normal regulatory requirements.

This easing of sanctions does not affect our counter-terrorism or non-proliferation controls on North Korea, which prohibit exports of military and sensitive dual-use items and most types of US assistance. Statutory restrictions, such as US missile sanctions, will remain in place. Restrictions on North Korea based on multilateral arrangements also will remain in place, such as the Wassenaar Arrangement".

For the White House Fact Sheet and a transcript of the on-the-record briefing by Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and Dr. William Perry, see the United States Information Service (USAIS) website on the Internet at: http://www.usia.gov/products/washfile.intrel.html

© 1999 The Acronym Institute.

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