WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (KUNA) — The US designated seven officials, including a minister, and two state bodies from North Korea for responsibility in the regime’s “ongoing and serious human rights abuses and censorship activities.”
The sanctions were carried out in accordance with a State Department report that identified serious human rights abuses and censorship in North Korea, said the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
“North Korean regime not only engages in severe human rights abuses, but it also implements rigid censorship policies and conceals its inhumane and oppressive behavior,” said OFAC Acting Director John Smith.
“Today’s action exposes individuals supporting the North Korean regime and underscores the US Government’s commitment to promoting accountability for serious human rights abuses and censorship in North Korea,” he added.
Those designated include Minister of State Security Kim Won Hong and officials from the Ministry of State Security, the Ministry of People’s Security, the Workers’ Party of Korea Propaganda and Agitation Department and the Organization and Guidance Department.
Furthermore, the state bodies include North Korea’s Ministry of Labour and its State Planning Commission.
All interests belonging to the designations on US soil is frozen, the statement mentioned, and they are prohibited from conducting business dealings with US citizens. (end)
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