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U.S. sanctions DPRK officials for human rights abuse

  • December 11, 2018
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Nikkei and Yomiuri reported online on a Treasury Department announcement on Monday that three North Korean officials, including the Kim regime’s No. 2 man Choe Ryong Hae, have been designated additional targets of its financial sanctions because of their involvement in what Secretary Mnuchin called “flagrant and egregious abuses” of human rights and fundamental freedom in the reclusive state. Speculating that the step was taken to demonstrate the Trump administration’s determination to maintain the pressure on North Korea to achieve its denuclearization, the dailies said Pyongyang is bound to react sharply.


Nikkei took up a comment on the latest U.S. sanctions on the DPRK by Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga, who said: “We welcome the U.S.’s posture of addressing issues of human rights and humanitarian issues in North Korea… We understand that it is meant to display strong U.S. concern about human rights violations.” 

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