Ban the exportation of luxury goods to North Korea
UN sanctions resolutions do not define what constitutes a luxury item, leaving it to each Member State to make this decision. To some extent this arbitrariness is one of the strengths of this sanctions measure as it leave elites of North Korea unsettled about what they may import for their personal use with impunity. For the first time, some guidance was annexed to resolution 2094 (2013) identifying the following items:
– Jewelry with pearls, gems, precious and semi-precious stones (including diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds), jewelry of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal.
– Transportation items such as yachts, luxury automobiles and motor vehicles including station wagons, and racing cars.
For further illustrative purposes, the following items were reported as either those that states have blocked from export to the DPRK, or that are under investigation because they were exported to the DPRK:
Electronic equipment for public cinema
Electronic sound and video recording equipment
Electronic sound equipment for concert halls
Ski lift equipment for furnishing ski resorts,
Tobacco and tobacco products