КThe Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718 (2006), with a view to eliminating any potential misunderstanding of the requirements of the Security Council sanctions regime with regard to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and facilitating the implementation of the DPRK's humanitarian assistance, decided to recall the relevant provisions contained in resolutions 1718 (2006 ), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013), 2270 (2016), 2321 (2016), 2356 (2017), 2371 (2017) and 2375 (2017).
The resolutions explain that the sanctions measures taken by the Security Council are not intended to call for negative humanitarian consequences for the civilian population of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or for the negative impact and limitation of activities, including economic cooperation, food supplies and humanitarian assistance, which are not prohibited, as well , as well as the activities of international organizations and NGOs that provide emergency assistance in the DPRK for the benefit of the country's civilian population.
In addition, these resolutions clearly state that the Committee has the right, on an individual basis, to exclude any activities subject to sanctions measures, if the Committee deems this exception necessary to facilitate the work of these organizations in the DPRK or for other purposes, not contradicting the goals of the resolutions.
To this end, the sanctions regime of the Security Council includes many mechanisms for requesting information on exceptions to Governments and humanitarian agencies, including a global mechanism developed for international and non-governmental organizations involved in humanitarian assistance and emergency assistance in the DPRK. Among them, the Committee had previously made an exception regarding the promotion of humanitarian and banking activities.
The 1718 Committee appreciates the efforts of the participating States to comply fully and compulsorily with the requirements of the UN Security Council resolutions, but at the same time takes into account the need to orient public and private structures within their jurisdiction with the aim of acquainting them with exceptions to humanitarian activities, together with the need to avoid unreasonable restrictions in deliveries of humanitarian aid to the territory of the DPRK.
The 1718 Committee calls upon all organizations involved in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to work in close partnership with the participating States involved in this activity on the territory of the DPRK and comply with the relevant rules and procedures of the participating States, thereby ensuring unimpeded supply of humanitarian assistance to the DPRK. These organizations are also encouraged to interactively engage with the 1718 Committee in order to obtain timely information on exceptions, etc. Moreover, the authorities of the DPRK and other participating States are invited to facilitate the work of humanitarian actors providing assistance to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as stipulated in the relevant resolutions of the Council Security.
The 1718 Committee emphasizes that the primary responsibility for protecting the citizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea lies with the Government of the DPRK.
The 1718 Committee is in constant readiness to support the participating States in implementing measures to achieve the objectives of resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013), 2270 (2016), 2321 (2016), 2356 2017), 2371 (2017) and 2375 (2017).
Source reference: https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/sc13113.doc.htm