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Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

USA sanctions 2 NK officials over missile program


The United Nations Security Council unanimously passed toughened sanctions against North Korea on Friday, condemning its latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile on November 29.

"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 announcing the sanctions. As a result of the order, those individuals will now be blocked from making any transactions with USA individuals and businesses.

Kim is reportedly a key figure in the North's ballistic missile development, involved in efforts to switch from liquid to solid fuel, while Ri is a lead official in the country's development of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the Treasury said.

The North Korean officials added to the United States sanctions list were identified only as Kim Jong-sik and Ri Pyong-chol.

North Korean state television ripped the recent unanimous United Nations vote to deliver stronger sanctions against Kim Jong Un as "rigged up by the USA and its followers [and a] grave infringement upon the sovereignty of our republic".

Chang said North Korea's use of a gimbal system, that permits each engine to be placed at specific angles, shows new mastery, according to the report.

North Korea is believed to have successfully put a satellite into orbit in December 2012 after years of failures dating back to 1998.

Washington says there is no comparison between its openly conducted, internationally monitored military drills and North Korea's weapons programs, which the worldwide community has banned.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday limiting the amount of gasoline and diesel North Korea can import and tightening inspections of ships suspected of illegally carrying banned items to or from North Korea.

Tuesday's incident follows a failed ballistic missile launch and March's test firing of. President George W. Bush removed North Korea from the list in 2008.

Neither North Korea nor South Korea is a Security Council member.

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