• The US has sanctioned two officials it calls ‘key leaders’ of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
  • The sanctions block the men from any property or transactions from American citizens.
  • The move follows UN sanctions and is part of President Donald Trump administration’s ‘maximum pressure campaign.’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department issued sanctions Tuesday against two officials it describes as “key leaders of North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs.”

The sanctions against Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol block them from any property or interests in property within U.S. jurisdiction, and prohibit them from transactions with American citizens. Treasury said the men are senior officials in North Korea’s Munitions Industry Department.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions are part of the United States’ “maximum pressure campaign” to isolate North Korea and “achieve a fully denuclearized Korean Peninsula.”


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