The United States on Friday introduced a new set of sanctions against North Korea, evaluating Pyeongyang to have a clear determination to continue developing weapons of mass destruction.
The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on five North Korean entities thought to have supported the development of the country's intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The entities include the Ministry of Rocket Industry, which is a mass destruction research and development organization.
And FOUR of its subsidiarieswhich are known to be trading corporations.
North Korea launched what was analyzed to be a full ICBM test last Thursday, ending its self-imposed moratorium on long-range missile testing since November 2017.
Washington also identified two ballistic missile tests done on February 27th and March 5th local time.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said North Korea's provocative missile tests posed a clear threat to regional and global security.
She added that because they were a blatant violation of UN Security Council resolutions, the United States and its allies are set to continue sanctioning to limit Pyeongyang's continued development and proliferation of weapons.
Washington also made it clear that any organization or country that engages in transactions with the recently sanctioned entities in North Korea will be penalized.
Friday's sanctions mark the fourth round imposed by the Biden Administration.
Until now, North Korea has not responded with any military aggression against these sanctions.
But intelligence authorities in the U.S. and South Korea believe North Korea could re-open its nuclear facilities or conduct more nuclear tests in response.
Chief nuclear negotiators from the U.S. and South Korea are set to meet in Washington on Monday to discuss issues on the peninsula.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.