The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on six North Koreans, a Russian and a Russian company it says were responsible for sourcing goods from Russia and China for Korea’s weapons programs from the North, an action that follows a series of North Korean missile launches, including two since last week. The US Treasury Department said the measures were aimed at preventing the advancement of North Korea’s weapons programs and hampering its attempts to proliferate weapons technology.
He said he has tracked six North Korean ballistic missile launches since September 2021, each of which he said violated multiple UN Security Council resolutions. U.S. Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said the measures were aimed at “North Korea’s continued use of overseas representatives to illegally procure goods for manufacturing. weapons”.
North Korea’s latest missile launches are “further evidence that it continues to advance banned programs despite international calls for diplomacy and denuclearization,” Nelson said in a statement. According to the statement, the US State Department designated Russian-based North Korean Choe Myong Hyon, Russian national Roman Anatolyevich Alara and Russian company Parsek LLC for “activities or transactions that have materially contributed to the proliferation of weapons.” of mass destruction or their means of destruction”. delivery.”
He said Choe Myong Hyon, a Vladivostok-based representative of North Korea’s Second Academy of Natural Sciences (SANS), had worked to procure telecommunications-related equipment from Russia. Four China-based North Korean representatives of organizations subordinate to SANS – Sim Kwang Sok, Kim Song Hun, Kang Chol Hak and Pyon Kwang Chol – and another North Korean, O Yong Ho, were also targeted.
The Treasury said Sim Kwang Sok, based in Dalian, worked to procure steel alloys and Kim Song Hun, who was based in Shenyang, software and chemicals. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for a boost in his country’s strategic military forces while observing the test of a hypersonic missile on Tuesday, North Korean state media reported.
The second test in less than a week underscored Kim’s New Year’s vow to bolster the military with cutting-edge technology at a time when talks with South Korea and the United States have stalled. Tuesday’s test came hours after the US mission to the United Nations, joined by Albania, France, Ireland, Japan and the UK, condemned last week’s launch and called UN member states to fulfill their sanctions obligations.
UN Security Council resolutions ban all North Korean ballistic and nuclear missile testing and have imposed sanctions on the programs. Wednesday’s actions freeze all U.S.-related assets of the targeted individuals and prohibit any dealings with them.
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