Korean Officials Allegedly Involved in Ballistic Missile Program

27 December, 2017, 02:37 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • This image made from video of a news bulletin aired by North Korea's KRT on Nov. 29 2017 shows an image of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un signing what is said to be a document on Nov. 28 2017

The US treasury named the two men as Kim Jong-sik and Ri Pyong-chol, and said both were "key leaders" of North Korea's ballistic missile programme.

Over the past few months Kim and U.S President Donald Trump also engaged in incessant verbal spat, with the latter branding the former as "rocket man", and the North Korean leader calling Trump a "mentally-deranged dotard" in response.

Under the new sanctions, any property or interests in property of the two men within US jurisdiction are blocked, and transactions by USA persons involving the designated persons are generally prohibited, the statement said.

The U.S. Treasury said in a statement Tuesday the two officials, Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol, are being singled out for pushing forward with producing weapons of mass destruction.

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This image shows U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

Just days ago, stricter United Nations sanctions were meted out against North Korea, something Pyongyang angrily branded an "act of war".

On Monday, Pyongyang, which sees joint war games between the United States and South Korea as preparations for invasion, raised the stakes in its stand-off with the United States and its allies by firing an intermediate-range missile over Japan. It said the move was part of a "maximum pressure campaign".

Lavrov also "highlighted that it is unacceptable to exacerbate tensions around the Korean peninsula with Washington's aggressive rhetoric toward Pyongyang and increasing military preparations in the region".

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He was last mentioned by North Korean media in September when he attended North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's guidance of the Hwasong-12 launching drill.

Friday's resolution requires United Nations member states to repatriate North Korean overseas workers within 24 months.

The sanctions follow a number of ballistic missile tests this year, including one in late November.

It also bans imports of North Korean food, agricultural products, minerals, machinery and electrical equipment to deprive the regime of at least US$200 million in annual export revenues.

UN whacks fresh sanctions on North Korea
This is the fourth resolution on North Korea in 2017 and the third one toughening the anti-North Korean sanctions during the year. North Korea conducted their most successful intercontinental missile launch in November.

Today the Kremlin said Russian Federation could help bring the Trump and Kim together if both sides were willing.

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