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The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday sanctioned two officials described as a “major leader of North Korea’s illegal weapons programs.”

Treasury, said Kim Jong Sik, and Ri Pyong Chol, high-ranking officials of the North Korean defense industry departments. The sanctions block them from any from any real property or interests in property within U.S. jurisdiction and prohibit transactions with U.S. citizens.

Minister of Finance, Steve Mnuchin said the sanctions are part of the U.S.’ “maximum pressure” campaign to isolate Kim Jong-Un regime and “the realization of a completely denuclearized Korean Peninsula.”

The United Nations security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions against North Korea to start on Friday in response to its latest rocket, which Pyongyang claims is capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

“It sends a clear message to Pyongyang that any further defiance will invite further sanctions and isolation.” U.S. Ambassador to the U. N. Nikki Hailey said after the sanctions were enacted.

North Korea’s government described the new sanctions as an “act of war.”

Baik Tae-hyun, the spokesman of South Korea’s Unification Ministry, expressed hope Wednesday that the persistent sanctions and pressure compel North Korea in “the right decision” and the dialogue on its nuclear program.

Baik stated, it was the seventh time that the U.S. Treasury Department has imposed unilateral sanctions against the North that since the start of President Donald Trump management. Baik also noted that the two North Koreans had already under U. N. security Council sanctions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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