On Thursday the Treasury Department announced that the U.S. has imposed sanctions on North Korea, as well as two Chinese individuals and a Chinese bank for helping North Korea's nuclear and missile program.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement that the department is "committed to protecting the U.S. financial system from North Korean abuse and maximizing pressure on the Government of North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs."
The sanctions comes as the U.S. is pushing for China to place more pressure on North Korea, its largest trading partner.
The Treasury statement identified the bank as the Bank of Dandong and the firm as Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co Ltd. Sun Wei and Li Hong Ri and are the two individuals accused of laundering money for Pyongyang.
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