New US North Korea sanctions target missile developers

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Last month the nuclear-armed country reached a significant milestone in the development of its growing arsenal when it tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that United States officials said appeared capable of reaching NY or Washington.

The U.S. Treasury said in a statement Tuesday the two officials, Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol, are being singled out for pushing forward with producing weapons of mass destruction. Security Council, which squeeze oil imports and call for countries to repatriate North Korean guest laborers within two years.

The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added two North Korean officials to its list blacklist on Tuesday for their involvement with the DPRK's ballistic missile programs. Any of their property within USA jurisdiction is blocked and American citizens are generally banned from engaging in transactions with them.

Their behaviour around him, Reuters said, "is sharply at variance with the obsequiousness of other senior aides, most of whom bow and hold their hands over their mouths when speaking to the young leader".

The sanctions follow a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted Friday that imposes new, harsh sanctions in response to the country's November 28 ballistic missile launch.

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Just days ago, stricter United Nations sanctions were meted out against North Korea, something Pyongyang angrily branded an "act of war".

Friday's resolution requires United Nations member states to repatriate North Korean overseas workers within 24 months.

"As we wind down 2017, we are sharing notable nonproliferation successes - pressure campaign against #DPRK, GHSA extended until 2024, and more", it added, using the aconym for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the official name for North Korea.

Over the past few months Kim and U.S President Donald Trump also engaged in incessant verbal spat, with the latter branding the former as "rocket man", and the North Korean leader calling Trump a "mentally-deranged dotard" in response.

A ban on exports of North Korean goods, such as machinery and electrical equipment.

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