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U.S. senators call for full implementation of sanctions on N. Korea

All Headlines 05:57 April 01, 2017

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Yonhap) -- U.S. senators urged the State and the Treasury departments Friday to fully implement sanctions on North Korea, highlighting the "urgency" of nuclear and missile threats from the communist nation.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, and the committee's ranking member, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), made the appeal in a joint letter sent to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

"We write to highlight the urgency of the threat posed by North Korea and to call on you to prioritize resources within your respective agencies to conduct the full enforcement of United States and United Nations sanctions against North Korea," the senators said in the letter.

"We are encouraged by the action taken by the Department of Treasury today to impose sanctions on North Korean entities involved in weapons proliferation," they said, referring to the Treasury Department's blacklisting of one North Korean entity and 11 individuals.

The U.S. and the United Nations have adopted a number of sanctions on Pyongyang, including last year's North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act authored by Gardner, and those measures must be fully enforced, the senators said.

"The recent report of the U.N. Panel of Experts on North Korea documents Pyongyang's success in evading many of these sanctions, and highlights the troubling failure of a number of countries to effectively stem the flow of illicit North Korean commercial and financial activity," the letter said.

The senators also asked if the two departments have enough budget and work force resources necessary for sanctions implementation, saying effective enforcement requires not only leadership and dedication, but also sufficient resources and skilled personnel to implement these policies throughout your agencies.

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