US imposes sanctions on citizens of North Korea and Russia for supporting Kim Jong-un's weapons programs

O ditador norte-coreano, Kim Jong-un, supervisiona o teste de um suposto míssil hipersônico no início desta semana

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un oversees the test of an alleged hypersonic missile earlier this week| Photo: EFE/EPA/KCNA

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The United States government applied sanctions against six North Korean citizens, a Russian and a Russian company responsible for procuring products for Pyongyang to develop weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. 12160229One of the targets of the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (Ofac) is a North Korean living in Russia, Choe Myong Hyon, who allegedly supplied or attempted to supply goods or services to the Second Academy of Natural Sciences (Sans).

12160229Sans is a North Korean organization that develops advanced weapons and has also been sanctioned by the United States Department of State, in 2010, and of the United Nations (UN), in , by envelop ment or support for the North Korean dictatorship’s weapons programs.

According to In a statement from Ofac, Choe is a representative of an organization subordinated to Sans that acted in the acquisition of telecommunications equipment from Russia for companies in North Korea.

Sanctions were also applied by Ofac to four North Koreans based in China, representatives of organizations subordinate to Sans.

12160229The other sanctions were announced by the US State Department. North Korean citizen O Yong Ho, Russian Roman Anatoliévich Alar and Russian company Parsek LLC were cited for involvement in activities or transactions that “materially” contributed to North Korea obtaining weapons of mass destruction.

All the assets in the United States of the aforementioned individuals and legal entities were blocked. People and companies that carry out transactions with the aforementioned can also be sanctioned. In addition, any foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates a significant transaction or provides significant financial services to any of the foregoing may be prosecuted or sanctioned by the United States.

The Ofac communiqué highlighted that the objective is to stop the weapons programs of North Korea, which since September has tested six ballistic missiles, violating resolutions of the Council of United Nations Security.

“The latest missile launches from South Korea North are further evidence that the country continues to advance prohibited programs, despite calls from the international community for diplomacy and denuclearization,” said Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian E. Nelson.

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