US imposes sanctions on Russian individuals and entities for ‘supporting’ North Korea – Global News Network

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The United States imposed new North Korea-related sanctions on Friday, targeting Russian individuals and companies after U.S. and South Korean officials said Pyongyang had used its largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system. in two recent launches, Reuters reported.

The sanctions, announced by the US Treasury, targeted two Russian nationals and three Russian companies linked to North Korea’s procurement activities for its missile programs.

The moves come amid fears North Korea will soon follow through on its threats to resume full testing of long-range ICBMs and nuclear weapons for the first time since 2017.

The US Treasury appointed Russians Aleksandr Andreyevich Gayevoy and Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Chasovnikov, both from Vladivostok. He named the Russian companies Apollon OOO, Zeel – M Co., Ltd and RK Briz OOO.

“The DPRK continues to launch ballistic missiles in clear violation of international law, posing a grave threat to global security,” U.S. Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said in a statement. statement, referring to North Korea by the initials of its official name. .

“Today’s actions respond to this threat by targeting a network of Russia-based individuals and entities complicit in helping the DPRK procure components for its illegal ballistic missile systems,” it said. -he adds.

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