US sanctions North Koreans, citing ‘ballistic missile’ tests | Nuclear Weapons News

The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on North Koreans stationed in Russia and China after “six ballistic missile launches since September”.

The US Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on five North Koreans for what it described as their roles in purchasing goods for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile-related programs.

The Treasury said in a statement that its actions follow “six ballistic missile launches since September 2021” by North Korea, noting that it “violated numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions.”

“Today’s actions, as part of the United States’ ongoing efforts to counter the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, target its continued use of its representatives abroad to illegally purchase weapons goods,” said the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Affairs. Intelligence Brian E. Nelson in a statement. “The recent missile launches by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are further evidence that it continues to develop proscribed programs despite the international community’s calls for diplomacy and denuclearization.”

Among those sanctioned are a North Korean resident residing in Russia who the Treasury said had purchased equipment from Russia for North Korea, as well as four North Korean nationals residing in China accused of buying Chinese goods for North Korea’s weapons programs.

In a related action, the Treasury said the US State Department also sanctioned another North Korean national, a Russian national and a Russian entity, “for engaging in activities or transactions that materially contributed to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or weapons of mass destruction. Means of delivery by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.” “.

On Wednesday, North Korean state media reported that leader Kim Jong Un personally oversaw a hypersonic missile test this week and showed a photo of him at an undisclosed location — the first time state media has portrayed him in a missile test since 2020.

Japan and South Korea reported the test launch on Tuesday, saying it was a suspected ballistic missile.

Several UN Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from conducting ballistic or nuclear missile tests.

Wednesday’s Treasury action froze all US assets of those blacklisted, and generally prohibits Americans from doing business with them.


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