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Ballistic missile tests / Japan, South Korea and the USA impose sanctions on the "North"

Ballistic missile tests / Japan, South Korea and the USA impose sanctions on the

Japan, South Korea and the United States have imposed sanctions on North Korean officials linked to the country's illegal weapons programs.

Washington said Pyongyang's ballistic missiles "pose grave dangers to the region and the entire world." The US Treasury Department sanctioned Jon Il Ho, Yu Jin and Kim Su Gil, whom the European Union "punished" in April.

The sanctions freeze any US-based assets of the individuals and ban dealings with them, but appear largely symbolic.

South Korea's foreign ministry announced sanctions against seven other individuals, including a Singaporean and a Taiwanese, and eight entities. All are already under US sanctions imposed between January 2018 and October 2022, the ministry said.

Japan also designated three entities and one individual for new sanctions, Japan's foreign ministry said, including the Lazarus Group, which is suspected of carrying out cyber attacks.

China and Russia have blocked recent efforts to impose more United Nations sanctions on North Korea, saying they must be eased to start talks and avoid humanitarian damage. This has left Washington to focus on trilateral efforts with Japan and South Korea, as well as with European partners.

The latest sanctions follow a Nov. 18 intercontinental ballistic missile test by North Korea, part of a record string of more than 60 missile launches this year and amid concerns that the country may be ready to resume nuclear weapons testing, which has been suspended since 2017.

Source: AL Jazzera

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