US imposes sanctions targeting North Korea’s missile programme

WASHINGTON: The United States has imposed sanctions on two Russian companies and a North Korean entity for transferring sensitive items to North Korea’s missile programme, the State Department said on Thursday (Mar 24).

It named the Russian entities as the Ardis Group of Companies LLC (Ardis Group) and PFK Profpodshipnik LLC. The North Korean entity targeted for sanctions was named as the Second Academy of Natural Science Foreign Affairs Bureau.

In addition, Russian national Igor Aleksandrovich Michurin and North Korean national Ri Sung Chol were also sanctioned, the State Department said.

The sanctions announcement came on the same day North Korea said it tested a new, powerful type of intercontinental ballistic missile.