The US Treasury has approved North Korean citizens based in Russia and China after “six ballistic missile launches since September”.
The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday slammed sanctions against five North Koreans for what it said was their role in procuring supplies for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile-related programs.
The treasury has in a statement that its actions follow “six ballistic missile launches since September 2021” by North Korea, noting that they have “violated multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions (UNSCRs)”.
“Today’s actions, as part of the United States’ ongoing efforts to counter the DVC’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, aim at its continued use of overseas representatives to obtain illegal goods for arms,” said Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Finance. said. Intelligence Brian E Nelson in a statement. “The DVK’s latest missile launches are further evidence that it continues to promote banned programs despite the international community’s calls for diplomacy and deconstruction.”
Among those sanctioned are a Russia-based North Korean citizen who, according to the Treasury, obtained equipment from Russia for North Korea, as well as four China-based North Korean citizens accused of stealing Chinese goods for North Korea. Korea’s arms programs acquired.
In a related action, the Treasury said the U.S. Department of State also approved another North Korean citizen, a Russian citizen, and a Russian entity because it was involved in activities or transactions that made a significant contribution to the distribution of weapons of mass destruction or their mode of delivery by DVK ”.
On Wednesday, North Korean state media reported that leader Kim Jong Un personally oversaw a hypersonic missile test this week and displayed a photo of him in an unknown location – the first time state media has portrayed him during a missile test since 2020.
Japan and South Korea reported the test launch on Tuesday, saying it was a suspected ballistic missile.
North Korea is banned by numerous UN Security Council resolutions from conducting ballistic missile or nuclear tests.
Wednesday’s Treasury action freezes all U.S. assets of those on the blacklist, and generally bans Americans from doing business with them.