US Places Sanctions On Two Senior North Korean Officials Over Missile Program

US Places Sanctions On Two Senior North Korean Officials Over Missile Program”

The news agency reported that Ri Pyong-chol was a former air force general educated in Russian Federation and that Kim Jong-sik was a veteran rocket scientist. Additionally, Americans will generally be prohibited from doing business with them.

Ahead of Trump's meeting with Xi Jingping, North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Korean peninsula.

Ri, a former air force general, has been responsible for developing North Korean missiles.

Both men are said to have been invited to travel with Kim Jong Un, and are numbered among his confidants.

The sanctions follow a number of ballistic missile tests this year, including one in late November.

The new sanctions are focused specifically on the weapons development program.

According to Hong Kang-chel, a former North Korean border guard who defected in 2013, the sanctions will only cause more resentment for the US among North Korean people as Kim's regime is most likely to keep the oil for its own use, leaving the citizens to fend for themselves.

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"Treasury is targeting leaders of North Korea's ballistic missile programs, as part of our maximum pressure campaign to isolate (North Korea) and achieve a fully denuclearised Korean Peninsula", local media quoted the Treasury Department statement.

The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday in response to ballistic missile tests.

Those U.N. sanctions included Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol among more than a dozen other individuals.

In a phone call Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his USA counterpart, Rex Tillerson, that it is "necessary to move from the language of sanctions to the negotiating process as soon as possible", the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement, according to AFP.

As NPR's Jackie Northam reported last month, it's not clear whether increasing sanctions on North Korea will be likely to influence the rogue nation's behavior.

Pyongyang called the United Nations vote a "grave infringement upon the sovereignty" of North Korea.

" 'It's really hard to get autocratic governments to change with the use of sanctions", he says.

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