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US sanctions 3 North Korean officials over ballistic missile tests

US sanctions 3 North Korean officials over ballistic missile tests
Treasury Department designates Jon Il Ho, Yu Jin and Kim Su Gil for their ‘major roles’ in DPRK’s ‘development of weapons of mass destruction’

By Betul Yuruk

NEW YORK (AA) - The US imposed sanctions Thursday on three North Korean officials in response to Pyongyang’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test and its weapons of mass destruction programs.

The Treasury Department designated Jon Il Ho, the chair of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), and Yu Jin and Kim Su Gil, members of the WPK Central Committee, for their “major roles in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s development of weapons of mass destruction,” it said, referring to North Korea’s official name.

North Korea's latest ICBM launch in November was reportedly the first successful test of its largest and most powerful missile, which is capable of reaching all of North America.

''These actions follow the DPRK’s unprecedented launch of over 60 ballistic missiles this year, including the test of several intercontinental ballistic missiles,'' US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. ''These destabilizing actions pose grave security risks to the region and entire world.''

Blinken said that all three targets have direct connections to North Korea's unlawful ballistic missile program.

The European Union also imposed sanctions on the three officials earlier this year.

The US is also seeking "strong action" by the UN on North Korea, but China and Russia -- two of the veto-wielding powers at the Security Council -- have opposed US efforts to impose more sanctions on Pyongyang and have long pushed for sanctions relief.

source: News Feed
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