JAKARTADAILY.ID - The Biden administration has imposed its first sanctions on Wednesday and pushes the United Nations to implement more over North Korea's weapons programs, as reported by Reuters on Wednesday.
The U.S. sanctions are aimed at six North Koreans, one Russian, and a Russian firm responsible for the programs, Washington claimed.
Five of these individuals are also proposed to be blacklisted and subjected to travel ban and asset freeze by the United Nations Security Council's 15-member North Korea sanctions committee.
All of these efforts are to prevent the advancement of North Korea's programs and its attempts to proliferate weapons technologies. Moreover, it is to stop the country from recruiting overseas representatives to "illegally procure foods for weapons", as expressed by the U.S. Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson.
Pyongyang has launched a total of six missiles since September 21, with the latest a hypersonic one last week and a more advanced type this Tuesday, which was detected by Washington, Seoul, and Tokyo.
The U.S. ambassador of the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, posted on her Twitter that Washington currently proposes UN sanctions, as each of the launches was considered "in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions".
The current administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has been unsuccessful in engaging Pyongyang for dialogue of giving up its nuclear bombs and missiles since January 2021.