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(LEAD) U.S. imposes unilateral sanctions on N.K., blacklists all-powerful National Defense Commission

All Headlines 02:22 March 03, 2016

(ATTN: UPDATES with details, background)
By Chang Jae-soon

WASHINGTON, March 2 (Yonhap) -- The United States imposed unilateral sanctions on North Korea after the adoption of a new U.N. sanctions resolution on the communist nation on Wednesday, blacklisting Pyongyang's all-powerful National Defense Commission and top aides to leader Kim Jong-un.

The commission was among 11 individuals and five entities that have been added to the U.S. sanctions list.

The four other entities are the Academy of National Defense Science, the Ministry of Atomic Energy Industry, the National Aerospace Development Administration and the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, according to the Treasury Department and the State Department.

The individuals include Hwang Pyong-so, director of the general political bureau of the Korean People's Army (KPA), who is considered one of the closest aides to leader Kim; Defense Minister Pak Yong-sik, and Ri Yong-mu, a vice chairman of the defense commission.

The department also changed the personal information of O Kuk-ryol, also a vice chairman of the commission, who has already been on the sanctions list.

"Today the United Nations Security Council approved a historic resolution which included key designations against North Korea, and the United States issued sanctions also targeting supporters of this repressive regime," Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said in a statement.

"Together, these actions reflect a strong and unified response to North Korea's provocative, destabilizing, and dangerous activities," he said. "Our coordinated efforts send a clear message: the global community will not tolerate North Korea's illicit nuclear and ballistic missile activities, and there will be serious consequences until it modifies its reckless behavior."

The full list of newly blacklisted individuals and entities is as follows:

Individuals

- Choe Chun-sik, Second Academy of Natural Sciences

- Hwang Pyong-so, vice chairman of the National Defense Commission

- Hyon Gwang-il, department director of the National Aerospace Development Administration

- Kang Mun-kil, Namchongang Trading Corp.

- Kim Song-chol, Korea Mining Development Trading Corp.

- Pak Chun-il, North Korean ambassador to Egypt

- Park Yong-sik, member of the Workers' Party of Korea Central Military Commission.

- Ri Man-gon, director handling munitions in the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

- Ri Yong-mu, vice chairman of the National Defense Commission

- Son Jong-hyok, Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation

- Yu Chol-u, National Aerospace Development Administration

Entities

- Academy of National Defense Science

- Ministry of Atomic Energy Industry

- National Aerospace Development Administration

- National Defense Commission

- Workers' Party of Korea Central Military Commission

jschang@yna.co.kr
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