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U.S. sanctions North Korea missile test

The United States says five North Koreans have been sanctioned after North Korea conducted a hypersonic missile test.

The missile controversy between the U.S. and North Korea continues with the decision to impose new sanctions. The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions against five people responsible for supplying North Korea with weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile-related goods after North Korea’s hypersonic missile test. “Today’s sanctions resolution, part of U.S. efforts against North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, aims to ensure that the United States continues to use North Korea’s overseas representatives to supply illegal weapons and goods,” Brian E. Nelson, Undersecretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said in a statement. As for the missile test, Nelson said, “North Korea’s recent missile tests are further evidence that it continues to develop banned programs despite calls from the international community for diplomacy and denuclearization.”
The sanctioned individuals were named as Choe Myong Hyon, Sim Kwang Sok, Kim Song Hun, Kang Chol Hak and Pyon Kwang Chol.
The U.S. administration said the sanctioned North Koreans were accused of providing or attempting to provide services to Pyongyang’s leadership over its missile program, providing software services, supplying chemicals, and contributing materially to the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
As a result of today’s sanctions decision, all North Korean property in the United States has been
frozen.
North Korea confirmed its claims of a hypersonic missile test at 7:27 a.m. local time yesterday, saying the missile successfully hit the target 1,000 kilometers away.

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