The U.S placed new sanctions on North Korean missile developers, Kim Jong-sik and Ri Pyong-chol both of whom are reportedly prominent figures within Kim Jong Un’s ballistic weapons development program..
Ri Pyong-chol and Kim Jong-sik are now both blacklisted, which means any U.S. assets they have will be frozen. NPR noted it is not immediately clear whether either of them own any U.S. assets.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who has made an offer to mediate between both nations, told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that “Washington’s aggressive rhetoric” was unacceptable in a phone call on December 26.
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