Korean Officials Allegedly Involved in Ballistic Missile Program

27 December, 2017, 02:48 | Author: Jason Torres
  • This image made from video of a news bulletin aired by North Korea's KRT on Nov. 29 2017 shows an image of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un signing what is said to be a document on Nov. 28 2017

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 USA mainland.

North Korean state television ripped the recent unanimous United Nations vote to deliver stronger sanctions against Kim Jong Un as "rigged up by the US and its followers [and a] grave infringement upon the sovereignty of our republic".

The United States is imposing new North Korea sanctions that target top officials responsible for missile development.

The United States on Tuesday sanctioned two senior North Korean officials for their involvement in the regime's illicit ballistic missile program. The US Treasury revealed that the two officials sanctioned are Ri Pyong-chol and Kim Jong-sik. According to the Treasury, Kim is allegedly a "key figure" in a project aimed at finding a way to switch North Korean rockets from liquid to solid fuel.

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The resolution, which came in response to the November test, seeks to slash exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea by 89 percent. British Prime Minister Theresa May called in a statement Sunday for speeding the implementation of existing sanctions and "looking urgently" at new measures in the council.

North Korea's leading newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun of the Workers' Party, ran an editorial on its front page stressing the importance of launching an all-out campaign to pay a great deal of attention to the ideology presented in Kim's address on Saturday.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday limiting the amount of gasoline and diesel North Korea can import and tightening inspections of ships suspected of illegally carrying banned items to or from North Korea.

Pyongyang launched its Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite in February 2016, which much of the worldwide community viewed as a disguised ballistic missile test. China has also ordered North Korean companies operating in the country to close. North Korean citizens working in other countries will also have to return in the next 24 months, preventing the country from obtaining foreign currency.

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