Gov't: New US Sanctions a Strong Message to N. Korea

Posted April 03, 2017

The South Korean Unification Ministry said on Friday it expects the national women's soccer team's trip to North Korea for an worldwide competition to proceed in a "calm and orderly manner".

The U.S. Department of Treasury believes that Paeksol is working on behalf of the DPRK's Reconnaissance General Bureau and "may also be affiliated the North Korean military and the UN- and U.S. -sanctioned Office 39 and Munitions Industry Department".

More recent multi-sport Games in South Korea have had a North Korean presence, however, with a delegation attending both the 2002 Asian Games in Busan and the 2014 edition of the event in Incheon.

"As a result of today's action, any property or interests in property of the designated persons in the possession or control of USA persons or within the United States must be blocked, and US persons are prohibited from dealing with any of the designated parties", the Treasury Department said in a release.

"At some point, we need to see definitive actions by China condemning North Korea and not just calling them out for it", she said. One of the defectors returned to North Korea and went on state TV to declare that "there are as many scams in South Korea as there is water in the river".

The US measures on Friday block any property those on the sanctions list may have in the United States and bar Americans from dealing with them.

It said the conclusion is based on analysis of the latest commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Hamgyong Province and the Yongbyon nuclear facility in North Pyongan Province.

The article goes on to warn that North Korea's KMS-3 and KMS-4 satellites have been orbiting the USA "on trajectories consistent with surprise EMP attack". As Woolsey and Pry point out, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) could easily "deliver an atomic bomb hidden on a freighter sailing under a false flag into a USA port, or hire their terrorist allies to fly a nuclear 9/11 suicide mission across the unprotected border with Mexico".

Ambassador Nikki Haley said President Donald Trump would raise the issue next week at his first summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

"We are indicating to the administration that they already have important tools at their disposal", the Republican lawmaker from California told VOA on Thursday, when asked what the Trump administration should do to counter the nuclear threat. Previously, the United Nations imposed sanctions on North Korea for three nuclear tests it carried out in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

As for the United Nations, she said it has "gotten stale" and she described her hatred for bureaucracy, saying she has avoided it so far by dealing only with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, whom she described as "a partner" committed like she is to reforming the world body.

When pressed about whether he could do it one-on-one without China's help, the president said, "I don't have to say any more". He even said military options would be "on the table" if the provocation escalates.