US Imposes 'Human Rights' Sanctions on N. Korea

Write : 2017-10-27 08:15:19 Update : 2017-10-27 09:36:19

US Imposes 'Human Rights' Sanctions on N. Korea

The U.S. has imposed sanctions on seven North Korean individuals and three entities over the North's human rights abuses. 
 
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement on Thursday that the sanctions target the North Korean military and regime officials engaged in flagrant abuses of human rights. 
 
He said the sanctions also target North Korean financial facilitators who attempt to keep the regime afloat with foreign currency earned through forced labor operations.
 
According to the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control(OFAC), the targeted entities are North Korea's Military Security Command(MSC), the External Construction Bureau and Cholhyon Overseas Construction Company.
 
Among the targeted individuals are MSC commander Jo Kyong-chol, deputy director of MSC Sin Yong-il, North Korea's labor minister Jong Yong-su, and two North Korean diplomats in China and Vietnam.
 
The Treasury Department expressed concern about the North Korean military, which it said operates as secret police, punishing all forms of dissent. It added that the military operates outside of North Korea to hunt down asylum seekers, and brutally detains and forcibly returns North Korean citizens.
 
Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act," a bill that imposes heavy sanctions on North Korea and honors an American citizen who died after being held by the regime.

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