As US sanctions N. Korea missile experts, Russia offers to mediate

As US sanctions N. Korea missile experts, Russia offers to mediate

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced new sanctions on two individuals within the North Korean government, both of whom are reportedly prominent figures within Kim Jong Un's ballistic weapons development program. This decision was in response to the country's most recent ballistic missile launch.

"North Korea is also pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile", the report said.

"Through various channels, we've recently learned that the North has completed a new satellite and named it Kwangmyongsong-5", the Joongang Ilbo daily reported, citing a South Korean government source, according to the AFP news agency. The country will "deal with the U.S.'s most ferocious declaration of war with fire surely and definitely", the report said.

North Korea promised to bolster "the capabilities for self-defense and preemptive attack with the nuclear force as the pivot as long as the USA and its vassal forces persist in nuclear threat and blackmail and war drills under the mask of annual ones at the doorstep of the DPRK".

THE UN Security Council yesterday denied worldwide port access to four North Korean ships suspected of carrying or having transported goods banned by global sanctions targeting Pyongyang, diplomats told AFP.

North Korea has had intense economic and diplomatic sanctions levied against it for continuing to develop its missile and nuclear technology, and they have been prohibited from using ballistic missile technology to carry out launches of any kind - including satellites with no military application.

In line with the latest United Nations Resolution 2397 passed last week, Switzerland added 16 North Korean individuals and one organization to its sanctions list, Radio Free Asia said Wednesday.

KCNA's report, titled "No Force Can Prevail over Independence and Justice", criticized US Donald Trump's administration and the global community for its focus and sanction policy on the regime during 2017.

Further sanctions include changing the procedure in which North Koreans working overseas can send money home.

It says the United States does not at all understand the top commander of the North Korean military.

"Analysis showed that this indicates that the regime has been stably controlled and (Kim) has strengthened internal solidarity, reducing the need for public activities", Lee Eugene, vice spokesperson at Seoul's Unification Ministry, said at a regular briefing Friday, referring to such reports.

The problem: The United States has adopted an untenable position by insisting on the elimination of North Korea's nuclear arsenal.

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