On Tuesday, the Treasury Department implemented sanctions on two “key leaders of North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs.”
The senior officials were identified as Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol in North Korea’s Munitions Industry Departments, according to the Treasury. The sanctions will block them from any property or interests in property within U.S. jurisdiction. Any transactions with American citizens are also prohibited.
The sanctions are part of the United States’ “maximum pressure campaign” to isolate Kim Jong Un’s regime and “achieve a fully denuclearized Korean peninsula,” according to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
The spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry, Baik Tae-hyun expressed hope Wednesday that the continuing campaign of sanctions will eventually force North Korea into “making the right decision,” such as engaging in reasonable dialogue over its nuclear program.
Baik further noted this was the seventh time the U.S. Treasury imposed unilateral sanctions against Kim Jong-un’s regime since the start of President Trump’s administration.
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