December 05, 2016 09:18
The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday blacklisted North Korean flag carrier Air Koryo in response to the North's latest nuclear test in September.
It also blacklisted 15 other agencies and seven officials including the president of Second Academy of Natural Sciences Chang Chang-ha, who is directly linked to the nuclear program.
The blacklist covers organizations and individuals involved in the supply of overseas labor, coal exports and oil imports in addition to those involved in nuclear and missile development.
Air Koryo was blacklisted because one of its planes took part in a fly-over in a military parade in July 2013 and its aircraft transported spare parts for Scud missiles.
Sixteen planes were specifically identified in the sanctions. One of them was ostensibly piloted by leader Kim Jong-un during a photo op in 2014 and currently flies between Pyongyang, Shanghai and Shenyang.
"U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions involving the designated persons and listed aircraft,” the Treasury said in a statement.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman here said that makes more difficult for people to visit and do business in North Korea.
The ban would also make it more difficult for American tourists to go on package tours to North Korea that rely on Air Koryo.
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