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U.S. imposes sanctions on Vietnam-based North Korean party official

Kyodo

The U.S. Treasury Department said Monday it has imposed sanctions on a North Korean operating in Vietnam for his alleged role in facilitating Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.

A department statement identified the man as Kim Su Il, a trading company official who also belongs to the Munitions Industry Department of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party.

Kim was assigned to Ho Chi Minh City in 2016 to perform economic, trading, mining and shipping activities associated with the Munitions Industry Department’s business activities, the statement said.

As of early 2019, he was responsible for exporting anthracite coal, titanium ore concentrate and other North Korean domestic products.

Kim was also involved in importing and exporting various goods, including raw materials, to and from North Korea, to help the reclusive country earn foreign currency, the statement said.

The sanctions will block all property of the North Korean man in the United States and practically prohibit him from all dealings with U.S. persons.