USA is extra weak as North Korean missile tech advances, basic says

Katrina Barker
December 27, 2017

The Treasury designations follow North Korea's latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test on November 28, which North Korean media said was a "Hwasong 15".

The United States on Tuesday sanctioned two senior North Korean officials for their involvement in the regime's illicit ballistic missile program.

"Treasury is targeting leaders of North Korea's ballistic missile programs, as part of our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the DPRK and achieve a fully denuclearized Korean Peninsula", Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in the statement, referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. North Korea has described the sanctions as an act of war.

The sanctions by the Treasury Department mean that any assets the two men hold in the United States can be seized and that Americans are prohibited from dealing with them.

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.

Kim played a crucial role in switching North Korea's programs from liquid to solid fuel, a move that could enable the regime to launch missiles with less warning, according to CNBC.

The sanctions last week limit North Korea to half a million barrels of petrol products and four million oil barrels a year.

Lavrov "once again 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", it said. US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un have also traded personal insults.

Last month the nuclear-armed country reached a significant milestone in the development of its growing arsenal when it tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that United States officials said appeared capable of reaching NY or Washington.

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

The Moscow chief said he can act as mediator between the U.S. and North Korea amid the ongoing war of words between the two. It also prohibits the export of certain items including machinery, electrical equipment and wood.

North Korea has reportedly fired 23 missiles since February.

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