The Trump Administration has announced additional sanctions against North Korea after the U.S. determined the regime in Pyongyang used chemical weapons to assassinate Kim Jong Nam at the Kuala Lumpur airport.
“On February 22, 2018, the United States determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of North Korea used the chemical warfare agent VX to assassinate Kim Jong Nam, in the Kuala Lumpur airport,”State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement.
“These sanctions are in addition to existing U.S. comprehensive sanctions against targeting unlawful North Korean activities,” she added. “The sanctions took effect upon publication of this determination in the Federal Register on March 5, 2018.”
Kim was the eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and older paternal half-brother of Kim Jong Un, the current dictator of the rogue leftwing communist regime. On 13 February 2017, Kim died after he was attacked by two women with VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
He traveling from Macau under a pseudonym.
“The United States strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons to conduct an assassination,” Ms. Nauert added. “This public display of contempt for universal norms against chemical weapons use further demonstrates the reckless nature of North Korea and underscores that we cannot afford to tolerate a North Korean WMD program of any kind.”
Last month, the Trump Administration via U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin unveiled the toughest sanctions against the tyrannical communist regime to date. The severe sanctions target 27 entities, 28 vessels, and 1 individual for evading existing sanctions.
The White House said in late February that the “maximum pressure campaign must continue” against North Korea will continue until Pyongyang agrees to denuclearization.