The US Treasury Department on Wednesday sanctioned five North Koreans who are accused of being responsible for securing goods for Pyongyang’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.
The sanctions, after six ballistic missile launches since last September, target North Korea’s “continued use of foreign representatives” to help produce its weapons, Brian Nelson, a Treasury counterterrorism and financial intelligence official, said in a statement. .
He said North Korea’s “latest missile launch is further evidence that it is pursuing prohibited programs despite calls from the international community for diplomacy and denuclearization.”
The Treasury has identified a person as a Russian-based North Korean named Cho Myong Hyon, who alleged that he had purchased telecommunications-related equipment for North Korean companies involved in weapons programs.
The Treasury also imposed sanctions on four North Koreans based in China. It accuses Sim Kwang Sok of working to buy steel alloys for Pyongyang, Kim Song Hun of procuring software and chemicals, Kang Chol Hak of buying goods for North Korean headquarters from Chinese companies, and that a Quoting Deputy Representative Pyon Kwang Chol. Suspicious cover company for the North Korean Second Academy of Natural Sciences, which supports the country’s weapons programs.
In a related action, the US State Department accused North Korean O Yong Ho, Russian citizen Roman Anatolyevich Alar and Russian entity Parsek, LLC of engaging in activities or transactions that materialized into North Korea’s proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. has contributed substantially.
The sanctions bar individuals and Parsec from engaging in US business transactions and confiscating any of their assets, although US agencies have not identified any of their holdings in the United States.
The Treasury also said that anyone who engages in transactions with them, including foreign financial institutions, could open themselves up to sanctions.