US sanctions North Koreans linked to weapons of mass destruction

Posted April 03, 2017

The United States added three North Korean nationals living in Russian Federation to its North Korea sanctions list, the US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said on Friday, Sputnik reported. At the time, a state newsreader warned the United States that North Korea was able to "counterattack" if its enemies invaded.

"There is a real possibility that North Korea will be able to hit the US with a nuclear-armed missile by the end of the first Trump term", McFarland said.

North Korea accused the United States Saturday of raising tensions to "the most extreme phase", amid measures by Washington and Seoul to contain Pyongyang's nuclear threat.

Trump said he would discuss the North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs during his scheduled meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he hopes the two leaders can strike a deal to pressure Pyongyang.

The North also denounced ongoing military drills involving American hardware and troops in South Korea. USA officials believe North Korea will continue to conduct nuclear tests with an eye to mastering the technology required to tip a long-range missile with a warhead.

"We will return home with good results so that our efforts are worth it", Yoon said at Incheon International Airport before departing for China. They are connected to North Korean corporations and banks sanctioned either by the USA or the UN.

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On Thursday, Trump predicted that his meeting with Xi would be "a very hard one", writing on Twitter that job losses and trade deficits, which he blames on an unbalanced relationship with the Asian power, could no longer be tolerated.

In a wide-ranging interview with four news agencies, Haley also talked about the new USA priorities in Syria and American efforts "to create balance" at the United Nations on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "The only country that can stop North Korea is China and they know that", Haley told ABC's "This Week" in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

"I think North Korea's midfield and side backs lack experience, so we'll have to take advantage of that", he said. But Yoon said they are prepared for such an environment.

Trump said while he believes in alliances and partnerships, they "have not always worked out very well" for the U.S.

Despite strained relations with Pyongyang, South Korea's Unification Ministry said late Thursday it approved the April 3-12 visit.