US levels new sanctions after North Korea missile launches
- United States
The sanctions come after what the US says were three new ballistic missile launches by North Korea on Tuesday, including one intercontinental ballistic missile.
The US says this week's launches brought North Korea's total for this year to 23, as the isolated country pushes to develop and expand the range of its nuclear and missile programs.
Friday's sanctions targets include two Russian banks, Far Eastern and Sputnik, that the US says do business with US-sanctioned North Korean entities. Bank Sputnik also helped North Korea arrange payments for the use of Russian satellite services, the Treasury Department said in announcing the sanctions.
On Thursday, China and Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution sponsored by the United States that would have imposed tough new sanctions on North Korea for its spate of intercontinental ballistic missile launches that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons.
Thursday's vote represented the first serious division among the five veto-wielding permanent members of the UN's most powerful body on a North Korea sanctions resolution.
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