The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned North Korean nationals stationed in Russia and China after “six ballistic missile launches since September.”
The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on five North Koreans on Wednesday for their role in procuring goods for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile-related programs.
Treasury said in a statement statement Its actions follow North Korea’s “six ballistic missile launches since September 2021,” noting that they “violate multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions (UNSCRs).”
“Today’s action is part of an ongoing U.S. effort to combat North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, which aims to continue to use overseas representatives to illicitly procure arms merchandise,” said Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Finance Intelligence Bryant Ann Nelson in a statement. “North Korea’s recent missile launch is further evidence that it continues to advance banned programs despite international calls for diplomacy and denuclearization.”
Those sanctioned include a North Korean national stationed in Russia, whom the Treasury Department says procures equipment for North Korea from Russia, and four North Korean nationals stationed in China who are accused of procuring Chinese goods for North Korea’s weapons programs.
In a related action, the U.S. Department of the Treasury said the State Department also sanctioned another North Korean national, a Russian national and a Russian entity for “participation in a weapon that has a significant impact on weapons of mass destruction or their proliferation. activity or transaction”. North Korea’s delivery method”.
On Wednesday, North Korean state media report The leader, Kim Jong Un, personally oversaw a hypersonic missile test this week and took his picture at an undisclosed location — the first time state media has photographed him during a missile test since 2020.
Japan and South Korea reported the test on Tuesday, saying it was a suspected ballistic missile.
Several UN Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from conducting ballistic missile or nuclear tests.
Wednesday’s Treasury Department action froze all U.S. assets of those blacklisted and generally barred Americans from doing business with them.