(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
The US on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior North
Korean officials connected to the country's weapons programs after
Pyongyang's latest and largest intercontinental ballistic missile
test last month, trend reports citing al
The US Treasury Department named the individuals as Jon Il Ho,
Yu Jin, and Kim Su Gil, all of whom were designated for sanctions
by the European Union in April.
The latest sanctions follow a Nov. 18 ICBM test by North Korea
and amid concerns that it may be about to resume nuclear bomb
testing suspended since 2017.
A Treasury statement said Jon Il Ho and Yu Jin played major
roles in the development of North Korea's weapons of mass
destruction while serving as vice director and director,
respectively, of the North Korea's Munitions Industry
It said Kim Su Gil served as director of the Korean People's
Army General Political Bureau from 2018 to 2021 and oversaw the
implementation of decisions related to the WMD program.
“Treasury is taking action in close trilateral coordination with
the Republic of Korea and Japan against officials who have had
leading roles in the DPRK's unlawful WMD and ballistic missile
programs,” Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and
Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said in the statement.
“Recent launches demonstrate the need for all countries to fully
implement UN Security Council resolutions, which are intended to
prevent the DPRK from acquiring the technologies, materials, and
revenue Pyongyang needs to develop its prohibited WMD and ballistic
DPRK are the initials of North Korea's official name, the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The sanctions freeze any US-based assets of the individuals and
bars dealing with them.
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