NAfter North Korea’s most recent missile test, the United States imposed sanctions on five North Koreans, one of whom is believed to live in Russia and four of whom are believed to be based in China. You are responsible for the procurement of goods for the construction of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, said the US Treasury Department on Wednesday. All five are foreign representatives of the Second Academy of Sciences, whose sub-organizations are believed by the United States and the United Nations to be involved in the procurement of the North Korean weapons programs. They obtained telecommunications equipment, steel alloys, software and chemicals from Vladivostok, Dalian and Shenyang. If they had assets in America, which is unlikely, they would be confiscated.
The sanctions also mean that American citizens are not allowed to do business with them and that banks that allow them to conduct financial transactions could also face penalties.
Kim Jong-un was there personally again
Washington was responding to six missile tests the regime has carried out in Pyongyang since September. In all six cases, North Korea violated UN resolutions. The missile tests are “further evidence that North Korea is pushing forbidden programs despite calls from the international community for diplomacy and nuclear disarmament,” said Brian Nelson, Secretary of State for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence in the Treasury. The United States is also campaigning for new UN sanctions against North Korea in the UN Security Council. The American ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas Greenfield, announced on Twitter.
The most recent missile test on Tuesday was the first in almost two years that North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong-un has personally overseen. According to North Korean information, it was a hypersonic gliding vehicle with “outstanding maneuverability”. Kim asked the scientists to accelerate efforts to build the country’s military power, the state media reported.