New US sanctions against N. Korea could bite

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves after speaking at the State Department in Washington Tuesday Aug. 22 2017 to discuss Afghanistan

"China opposes unilateral sanctions out of the U.N. Security Council framework, especially the "long-arm jurisdiction" over Chinese entities and individuals exercised by any country in accordance with its domestic laws".

Duitsman's analysis was based on photos released by North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Wednesday, which featured leader Kim Jong-un inspecting the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science, during which he ordered scientists there to produce more solid-fuel rocket engines and warhead tips for intercontinental ballistic missiles.

"These new, increasingly comprehensive sanctions, ending North Korea's access to the global financial system and cutting off sources of hard currency, as was done to Iran, have not been tried", he wrote in a contribution to The Hill. The sanctions also targeted six individuals - four Russians, one Chinese and one North Korean.

The Department of Justice also simultaneously filed two cases against companies in Singapore and China for alleged money laundering in the DPRK.

A day earlier, the US Treasury announced sanctions targeting Chinese and Russian entities and individuals suspected of facilitating the North's weapons programs.

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"Currently, we have no confirmation of the authenticity of the video", the army said, according to Hindustan Times . The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed the incident at Pangong Lake four days after it occurred.

A spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry said China "opposes the unilateral sanctions. especially the "long-arm jurisdiction" of the USA punishing Chinese people and companies based on US law.

The sanctions target restrict dealings with Russian banks and energy companies.

Washington's decision to impose sanctions follows a unanimous vote earlier this month by the UN Security Council, supported by both Russian Federation and China, to impose additional sanctions on North Korea.

Another sanctions expert, Joseph DeThomas, said the United States move appeared created to put muscle behind the UN sanctions by targeting areas they cover, such as labor and coal exports.

Other entities were sanctioned for buying North Korean resources such as coal, which provides the outlaw regime in Pyongyang income to invest in its weapons programs. "Sanctioning such entities ex post facto may cause some problems diplomatically, but it will help put a healthy respect for the United Nations resolution in play", he said.

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