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  • The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday placed sanctions on Chinese and Russian individuals and firms it said had conducted business with North Korea in ways that advanced its missile and nuclear weapons program.
  • The sanctions against 10 companies and six individuals are designed to disrupt the economic ties that have allowed Pyongyang to continue funding its missile and nuclear program despite strict United Nations sanctions prohibiting it.
  • Though Beijing has tried to restrict transactions and supported an escalating series of U.N. sanctions, many Chinese companies continue to do business with the regime by supplying technology and hardware for its missiles.
  • The new sanctions were predominantly against Chinese companies that have dealt with North Korea by purchasing and selling coal, oil and mineral resources, or provided banking services that made the transactions possible.
  • The sanctions also hit two companies that arranged for North Korean laborers to build statues in foreign countries. Overseas labor is a source of revenue for the North Korean government, and the Treasury Department contends some of the laborers’ income helped finance the ballistic missile testing.

The sanctioned entities and individuals appear in the WorldWatch Plus Watch Lists and Sanctions data product for AML and KYC compliance.

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