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Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“DPRK” or “North Korea”) in 2011

United States views on international law (based on the document “Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law”): See information on Nationality, Citizenship and Immigration in this legal Encyclopedia6.A.3.a.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in 2013

United States views on international law [1] in relation to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: (1) UN sanctions

The UN Security Council adopted two new resolutions on North Korea in 2013. On January 22, 2013, the Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2087, condemning North Korea’s December 12, 2012 rocket launch, which used ballistic missile technology and violated Resolutions 1718 and 1874. Ambassador Rice’s remarks following adoption of Resolution 2087 are excerpted below and available at (link resource)

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The resolution adopted today condemns the launch and imposes important new sanctions on North Korea, on its companies and government agencies, including North Korea’s space agency, which was responsible for the launch, a bank, and North Korean individuals. It also updates current lists of nuclear and ballistic missile technology banned for transfer to and from the DPRK, helping ensure that North Korea is unable to procure or proliferate the most sensitive technology. It includes several new provisions targeting North Korea’s illicit procurement efforts, in particular its smuggling of sensitive items that could contribute to prohibited programs, and it has new financial provisions that help to increase vigilance and monitoring over North Korean financial activities.


This resolution demonstrates to North Korea that there are unanimous and significant consequences for its flagrant violation of its obligations under previous resolutions. More importantly, the provisions of this resolution—both new sanctions and the tightening and expanding of existing measures—concretely help to impede the growth of North Korea’s WMD program and reduce the threat of proliferation by targeting entities and individuals directly involved in these programs.


Today’s resolution also makes clear that if North Korea chooses again to defy the international community, such as by conducting another launch or a nuclear test, then the Council will take significant action.


We believe that today’s resolution is a firm, united, and appropriate response to North Korea’s reckless act and that strict enforcement of sanctions is essential to address the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. We remain committed, nonetheless, to resolving our concerns about these programs through authentic and credible negotiations to the greatest extent possible.


As the President noted in his speech last November in Rangoon, the United States is willing to extend its hand should the leadership in Pyongyang opt for the path of peace and progress by choosing to let go of its nuclear weapons, but today’s resolution makes clear that there will be an increasingly steep price to pay if North Korea again chooses confrontation with this Council and the international community.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“dprk” or “north Korea”) in 2013 (Continuation)

United States views on international law [1] in relation to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“dprk” or “north Korea”): On March 7, 2013, Ambassador Glyn Davies, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. His testimony, excerpted below, is available at (Secretary of State website)

More about Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“dprk” or “north Korea”)

Nearly sixty years have passed since the conclusion of the armistice that ended the hostilities of the Korean War, yet North Korea still persists as one of the thorniest challenges confronting the United States and the international community. Pyongyang’s February 12 announcement of a third nuclear test—conducted in brazen defiance of the demands of the United Nations Security Council—and its subsequent threats to conduct even more follow-on “measures” are only the latest in a long line of reminders that the DPRK’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and proliferation activities pose serious threats to U.S. national security, to regional security in the Asia-Pacific, and to the global nonproliferation regime.


Pyongyang continues to violate its international obligations and commitments, including to denuclearize. Its human rights record remains deplorable. Its economy is stagnant. Its people are impoverished. It pours significant sums into nuclear and ballistic missile programs that are forbidden by the United Nations. The leadership’s choices are isolating North Korea from the international community. International outrage against North Korea and its provocative and threatening actions, meanwhile, continues to grow.


The DPRK has consistently failed to take advantage of the alternatives available. The United States offered—and has continued to offer—Pyongyang an improved relationship with the United States and integration into the international community, provided North Korea demonstrated a willingness to fulfill its denuclearization commitments and address other concerns. The DPRK rebuffed these offers and instead responded with a series of provocations that drew widespread international condemnation.


Pyongyang appeared prepared to enter a period of serious diplomatic engagement in mid2011, and the United States responded with a proactive, nearly-year-long diplomatic effort to push forward on denuclearization in a way that would lay the groundwork for improved bilateral relations. Starting in July 2011 and continuing over the next ten months, the United States and the DPRK held three rounds of bilateral denuclearization talks on three continents. In our meetings, we worked to forge the conditions necessary for resuming the Six-Party Talks, which had been stalled since 2008. Shortly after Kim Jong Un’s assumption of power, we reached a modest but potentially important bilateral understanding announced on February 29, 2012.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“DPRK” or “north Korea”)

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  1. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“dprk” or “north Korea”) in the Digest of United States Practice in International Law



  1. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the Digest of United States Practice in International Law


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  • British overseas countries and territories
  • Macao (China)
  • Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
  • Macao SAR
  • Macao Special Administrative Region
  • DPRK
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

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