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Biden administration sanctions Russia and North Korean individuals for North Korean missile launch on the 11th.

2022-01-14  Category:North Korea

Biden administration sanctions Russia and North Korean individuals for North Korean missile launch on the 11th.

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North Korea launches a projectile

[Washington, 12th Reuters] --The US Treasury will impose sanctions on 6 North Korean individuals, 1 Russian individual, and 1 group following a series of missile launches by North Korea on the 12th. Announced. He is said to have been involved in the procurement of weapons development supplies from Russia and China.

According to South Korean troops, North Korea launched a projectile that could be a ballistic missile on the 11th. This is the second time North Korea has launched a projectile this year since the 5th. In addition, North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported on the 12th that it succeeded in conducting a hypersonic missile launch test in the presence of Kim Jong-un, the chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea. Kim Jong Un has officially inspected the missile launch since March 2020.

The Ministry of Finance explained that the sanctions were aimed at preventing the advancement of North Korea's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missile programs, as well as stopping attempts to spread weapons technology.

Nelson, Under Secretary of Finance (Terrorism and Financial Information), said in a statement that North Korea is taking measures against the use of foreign representatives to illegally procure products for weapons, and North Korea's recent missile launch is "international. Further evidence that banned programs continue to move forward despite society's demand for diplomacy and denuclearization. "

"The events of the last few days underscore our belief that dialogue is needed to make things happen," US State Department spokesman Price said in a regular press conference, and the U.S. government continues to work with North Korea. He said he was aiming for diplomatic negotiations.

The ministry accused the sanctions of being the result of six ballistic missile launches since September last year, all of which # / red# violated a UN Security Council resolution. did.

It is said that one Russian-based North Korean national, one Russian national, and one Russian group, which were subject to sanctions, conducted "activities and transactions related to the spread of weapons of mass destruction and their means of transportation." I was determined.

One of the North Korean nationals is a representative of the North Korean organization involved in weapons development in Vladivostok, and is said to have been involved in the procurement of communication-related equipment from Russia.

In addition, four representatives of the agency's China branch and one Russian-based North Korean have also been sanctioned. He was involved in the procurement of alloy steel, software, and chemical products.

Anthony Ruggero, a sanctions expert from the former Trump administration, said the new sanctions were a "good start" and that the Biden administration needed to continue to increase sanctions pressure on North Korea. It pointed out.

This measure will freeze the sanctioned US-related assets and completely ban transactions with the sanctioned person.



POINT

The point of interest is sanctions on individuals. We knew that Russian engineers were involved in the development of North Korea's nuclear missiles, but we are trying to identify individuals.



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