At IGNIS Community, our heart has been to ignite hope and transform communities around the world. Specifically for our North Korea engagement, whether that be through providing winter boots to orphans or treating children with cerebral palsy, our desire is to be in community with the North Korean children and their families. Since the U.S. sanctions on North Korea were updated and President Trump’s Executive Order 13810 was released on September 23, 2017, we have actively pursued interpretive guidance and counsel to adhere to the U.S. government laws and regulations.
IGNIS Community complies with all U.S. Department of Treasury (OFAC) and U.S. Department of Commerce (BIS) licensing requirements and keeps the Korea Desk at the U.S. State Department apprised of our activities. We assure all our donors and other U.S. institutions that IGNIS Community has exerted best efforts to be transparent and compliant with our governing authorities.
BIS has already issued IGNIS Community an export license for any medical equipment and goods to North Korea for our Pyongyang Spine Rehabilitation Center. Though a great majority of our humanitarian activity falls under Treasury Department general license 5, in an abundance of caution and with the generous help and depth of experience of the services of Paul Hastings law firm we requested for, and were issued, a specific license from OFAC on October 16, 2017. That specific license was subsequently renewed on July 10, 2019.
The license granted by OFAC authorizes IGNIS Community to engage in all transactions necessary to operate the Pyongyang Spine Rehabilitation Center, including partnering with the North Korean Ministry of Public Health and the Kim Il-Sung University Pyongyang Medical College Hospital, as well as importing non-US origin building materials into North Korea, subject to compliance with the laws and regulations administered by OFAC with regard to any transfer of funds through the US financial system.
With respect to the UN sanctions, we submitted an application to the UN Sanctions Exemption Committee for an exemption to ship medical equipment and other related items for the Pyongyang Spine Rehabilitation Center into North Korea. That application is currently under review.
If you have any questions in regards of IGNIS Community’s compliance, please do not hesitate to contact us.