The Biden administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on five North Korean officials in its first response to Pyongyang’s latest move.He later announced that he would demand new UN sanctions.
The Treasury Department said it was imposing fines on five personnel for their role in acquiring equipment and technology for the North’s missile programs. In addition, the State Department ordered sanctions against another North Korean, a Russian man and a Russian company for widely supporting North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction.
The Treasury’s move comes hours after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a successful flight test of a hypersonic missile on Tuesday, which he claimed was the country’s nuclear “war halt.” There will be a huge increase in prevention.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield tweeted Wednesday night that the United States was also proposing UN sanctions in response to North Korea’s six ballistic missile launches since September following nominations from the Treasury and the State. , Each of which was in violation. UN Security Council Resolutions
A US diplomat said the United States was continuing to work with its consular partners on the proposed new sanctions.
One of the five North Koreans targeted by the Treasury is based in Russia, while the other four are based in China. All are accused of providing money, goods or services to North Korea’s Second Academy of Natural Sciences, which the Treasury says is heavily involved in the country’s military defense programs.
Brian Nelson, head of Treasury’s terrorism and financial intelligence, said: “The DPRK’s latest missile tests are further evidence that it is pursuing prohibited programs despite calls from the international community for diplomacy and denuclearization. Is moving forward. ” He called the North by its official name: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Sanctions freeze any target assets within US jurisdiction, prevent Americans from doing business with them, and impose possible penalties on foreign companies and individuals for dealing with them.
Shortly before the announcement, North Korea’s state news agency reported that the latest missile launch included a hypersonic glide vehicle, which fired from a rocket booster before hitting a 1,000-kilometer (621) maritime target. Demonstrated “glide jump flight” and “cork screw maneuvering”. Miles) away.
Photographs released by the agency show a missile soaring into the sky with a pointed cone-shaped payload while leaving an orange flame trail, in which Kim, along with his sister Kim Yoo-jung, are high. Watching from a small cabin with the authorities.
The launch was North Korea’s second test of its desired hypersonic missile in a week, the kind of weapons it tested in September, as Kim Jong Un sought to increase its nuclear weapons capabilities despite international sanctions. Strong pressure continues, with epidemics and strained diplomacy with the United States.
The UN Security Council initially imposed sanctions on North Korea following its first nuclear test in 2006 and tightened them in response to further nuclear tests and a growing state-of-the-art ballistic missile program. In 2018, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nicki Haley said sanctions had cut off all of North Korea’s exports and 90 percent of its trade and eliminated the pool of workers that North Korea had to send abroad to earn hard currency. The country was sent – but Pyongyang has managed to escape. Steps
China and Russia presented a draft resolution in November urging the Security Council to lift several sanctions against North Korea, including a ban on seafood and textile exports, a ban on imports of refined petroleum products and Citizens are barred from working and sending abroad. Their earnings home. He noted the economic difficulties in North Korea and said that these and other sanctions should be lifted “with the intention of increasing the livelihood of the civilian population”.
China and Russia are both veto members of the Security Council, and it remains to be seen whether they will support new sanctions on North Korea.