On 12 January, the US Treasury advised that it had designated individuals responsible for procuring goods for the DPRK WMD and ballistic missile-related programmes. These actions are in line with US efforts to prevent the advancement of the the WMD and ballistic missile programmes and impede attempts by North Korea to proliferate related technologies. The action also follows the 6 ballistic missile launches since September 2021, each of which violated multiple UN Security Council Resolutions. Those designated include a Russia-based DPRK national linked to the (already designated) Second Academy of Natural Sciences (SANS); and 4 China-based North Korean WMD representatives of SANS-subordinate organisations.
In a related action, the State Department has designated North Korean national O Yong Ho, Russian national Roman Anatolyevich Alar, and Russian entity Parsek LLC for having engaged in activities or transactions that have materially contributed to the proliferation of WMD or their means of delivery by North Korea.
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