US imposes sanctions on two Russian companies for transferring sensitive items to North Korea’s missile programme

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Washington: The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Russian companies and a North Korean firm. The sanctions were imposed for transferring sensitive items to North Korea’s missile programme. The information in this regard was given by the US State Department.

The two Russian companies sanctioned by the US are- Ardis Group of Companies LLC (Ardis Group) and PFK Profpodshipnik LLC, reported global news agency Reuters. Meanwhile, the Second Academy of Natural Science Foreign Affairs Bureau is the North Korean entity against which sanctions were imposed.

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Apart from these companies, the US also sanctioned Russian national Igor Aleksandrovich Michurin and North Korean national Ri Sung Chol. “These measures are part of our ongoing efforts to impede the DPRK’s ability to advance its missile program and they highlight the negative role Russia plays on the world stage as a proliferator to programs of concern,” reported the global news agency quoting State Department spokesman Ned Price as saying.

The development came on a day when North Korea claimed to have test-fired “new type” of an intercontinental ballistic missile. According to North Korea’s state media, Kim Jong Un personally oversaw the test-firing of the missile.

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Notably, it was the first time since 2017 that Pyongyang has fired a missile at full range. The test launch of the Hwasong-17 missile was first unveiled in October 2020. Analysts termed it a “monster missile”. North Korea’s move drew flak from the United States. The missile was tested amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine and South Korea is going through a period of presidential transition.

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