U.S. sanctions two more North Korean officials over ballistic missile programme

Kristopher Drake
December 27, 2017

Washington D.C. [U.S], Dec 27: The United States on Tuesday sanctioned two North Korean officials for their roles in developing the country's ballistic missile program, the Treasury Department said.

"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 Mnuchin said in a statement Tuesday.

North Korea has been heavily sanctioned by the United Nations over its recent launches and is now banned from any weapons tests using ballistic missile technology.

North Korea has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States and has recently threatened to land missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam. The report also mentions that Kim Jong-sik is a rocket scientist while Ri Pyong-chol is a former air force general.

SNEAKY Kim Jong-un is plotting to launch a new satellite that observers fear will be a "Trojan horse" for a secret nuclear missile test.

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

Tensions have run high as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have engaged in a war of words.

"It was underlined that it is necessary to move from the language of sanctions to the negotiating process as soon as possible", the statement said, adding that it was Tillerson who initiated the call.

Speaking to the full, Hyten said North Korea now has the capability to deploy an intercontinental ballistic missile and hinted it's only time before they can do it with a nuclear warhead.

They were both among 16 North Koreans placed under United Nations sanctions on Friday.

Ri is described as a key official involved in the North's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) development program.

North Korea said the move was "an act of war" and tantamount to a total economic blockade.

North Korea has reportedly fired 23 missiles since February.

Other reports by Ligue1talk

Discuss This Article