Pyongyang has continued to test ballistic missiles in defiance of a UN ban, saying it is also developing hypersonic weapons.
The United States is urging the UN Security Council to impose more sanctions on North Korea after Pyongyang conducted a series of missile tests in violation of United Nations resolutions, said US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas- Greenfield, Wednesday.
“The US is proposing UN sanctions in response to North Korea’s six ballistic missile launches since September 2021, each of which violated UN Security Council resolutions,” Thomas-Greenfield said on Twitter after Washington. blacklisted six North Koreans, one Russian and one Russian firm – accusing them of buying supplies for the missile programs from Russia and China.
“Today’s appointments reflect our grave concern about the continued ballistic missile launches and proliferation activities in North Korea,” she wrote in a separate tweet. “We urge all @UN member states to fully implement their obligations under UN Security Council resolutions.”
A US diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters news agency that Washington had proposed that five of those individuals also be subject to a UN travel ban and asset freeze. The decision must be approved by consensus of the North Korean Security Council’s 15-member Sanctions Committee, which includes Russia and China.
“We continue to work with partners to prepare the three additional individuals and entities designated by the state for UN nomination,” the diplomat said.
Pyongyang carried out its second rocket launch in less than a week on Tuesday, with state media publishing photos of leader Kim Jong Un guides the test from what it said was a hypersonic missile.
Such weapons are valued for their maneuverability and the ability to evade traditional defenses, and are also being developed by the US, China, and Russia. North Korea first tested what it claims was a hypersonic weapon in September last year.
The UN first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and measures have been gradually tightened over the years to stop funding the illegal programs.
Denuclearization talks have stalled since a summit in Hanoi between Kim and then-US President Donald Trump was aborted over Pyongyang’s demand for the lifting of sanctions.
Joe Biden, who took office a year ago, has said he is willing to reopen the discussions.
North Korea continued to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in the first half of 2021, in violation of UN sanctions and despite the country’s deteriorating economic situation, UN sanctions observers reported in August.