According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Deputy Director of the Workers' Party of Korea Military Industry Department Kim Jong Sik and First Vice Department Director of the Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee Ri Pyong Chol, were targeted due to their alleged involvement in the country's ballistic missile programs.
North Korea has been heavily sanctioned by the United Nations over its recent launches and is now banned from any weapons tests using ballistic missile technology. The department says Kim Jong-sik, a veteran rocket scientist, is a key figure responsible for advancing the program to a point where the regime is successfully testing ICBMs capable of reaching the US mainland.
North Korea tested a record number of ballistic missiles in 2017, a trend that is the source of concern in the United States, South Korea and Japan. Any of their property within USA jurisdiction is blocked and American citizens are generally banned from engaging in transactions with them.
Solid-fuel missiles can be fired on shorter notice, as they do not have to be filled with liquid fuel prior to launch.
Already, the Treasury Department has added eight North Korean banks and more than two dozen North Korean nationals working in countries like China, Russia and Libya to its sanctions list. It passed unanimously with backing from China and Russian Federation, two veto-wielding council members that have traditionally been reluctant to increase sanctions on Pyongyang.
He was last mentioned by North Korean media in September when he attended North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's guidance of the Hwasong-12 launching drill.
Lavrov "once again highlighted that it is unacceptable to exacerbate tensions around the Korean peninsula with Washington's aggressive rhetoric toward Pyongyang and increasing military preparations in the region", it said.
"It was underlined that it is necessary to move from the language of sanctions to the negotiating process as soon as possible", the statement said, adding that it was Tillerson who initiated the call.
The Trump administration pressed ahead with yet another round of sanctions on two key North Korea leaders, as it moves to cripple any financial ties that might aid the rogue nation's nuclear weapons program.
North Korea launched a new ICBM on November 29, claiming it can carry a nuclear warhead to anywhere on the US mainland.
Both Kim Jong-sik and Ri were blacklisted in the resolution.
Under his supervision, the program has been transformed from a slew of failed rocket launches to the successful testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles that can be armed with nuclear weapons and are capable of reaching the USA mainland.
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If we stay consistent and avoid our mistakes, mistakes like [on Friday], we will win much more games than we lose or draw. We played the better football, created a couple of chances and luckily we've got on level terms.
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He had earlier "dedicated the Kochi Metro to the nation in June, and the Hyderabad Metro in November", a press statement said. In the modern scientific world there is no place for superstition, the prime minister asserted.
Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement Monday that arrested Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav has not been given consular access. Notably, the ceasefire on the LoC between India and Pakistan has been violated extensively in the past 18 months.
With experience in both administration as well as in organisation, Thakur has been a minister in the previous BJP government. Dhumal, who was expected to take over as chief minister, was in the reckoning till Saturday night, when he opted out.
In one image, they look relaxed in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor, where a more formal picture was taken on the steps. The couple, whose engagement was announced by Harry's father, Prince Charles, on November 27, will marry May 19 at St.
Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas and three jawans were injured in the attack seriously who later succumbed to injuries. They said army men also returned the fire and targeted Pakistani army posts and bunkers with similar caliber weapons.
The president also privately signed a short-term spending bill to fund government operations through January 19. In that same year, 80 percent of the bill's benefits would be going to the top 1 percent of taxpayers.
The Jammu and Kashmir state tourism department had made some elaborate arrangements for the celebrations of Christmas in Gulmarg. Christmas greetings to family members and friends were filled with lots of peace and love all over the country.
They also made Flowers uncomfortable in the pocket, as the senior quarterback missed two would-be touchdowns early in the game. The Red Raiders answered with a 33-yard field goal from Hatfield to take back the lead, 27-24, with 5:02 left in the game.
Killed, 15 Injured as Bus Enters Moscow Underground Passage
Passengers on-board and people walking on the steps near the Slavyansky Boulevard metro station were killed, police said. Monday was an ordinary working day in Russian Federation where Orthodox Christmas will be celebrated on January 7.