U.S. sanctions North Koreans and Russians over missile tests

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The Biden administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on North Korean and Russian individuals and entities for supporting North Korea’s ballistic missile program.

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Running news: The announcement comes after North Korea’s two missile tests last week and leader Kim Jong-un’s threat to bolster the country’s nuclear weapons program.

big picture: Treasury Department ordered to ban five North Korean officials To obtain goodwill for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missile related programs.

  • State Department announced Punishment against another North Korean person, a Russian person and a Russian company that it said was “engaging in activities or transactions” that contributed to the “dissemination of WMDs or their means of distribution” by North Korea.
  • The sanctions freeze the assets of people sanctioned in US jurisdiction, bar Americans from doing business with anyone affected by the action and subject to potential penalties if transactions with foreign companies and individuals occur.

what to watch: US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield tweeted Wednesday night that the United States was UN sanctions proposal North Korea’s “six ballistic missile launches since September … each of which were in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.”

Flashback: Biden extends sanctions against North Korea

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