US Imposes First Sanctions on North Korea After Missile Launch

The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions on six North Koreans, a Russian, and a Russian firm for supporting the ballistic missile programs of North Korea, imposing the punishments after North Korea tested a pair of new missiles last week.

“Today’s actions, part of the United States’ ongoing efforts to counter (North Korea’s) weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, target its continued use of overseas representatives to illegally procure goods for weapons,” Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson said.

North Korea’s “latest missile launches are further evidence that it continues to advance prohibited programs despite the international community’s calls for diplomacy and denuclearization,” Nelson added.

United States Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that the US is also pushing the UN Security Council to impose more sanctions on North Korea for violating United Nations resolutions.

“The US is proposing UN sanctions following North Korea’s six ballistic missile launches since September 2021, each of which was in violation of UN Security Council resolutions,” Thomas-Greenfield said.

“We urge all @UN Member States to fully implement their obligations under UNSC resolutions,” Thomas-Greenfield added.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday’s test was more advanced than the missile North Korea tested last week, reaching a velocity of more than ten times the speed of sound.

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