NK missile developers hit by US sanctions

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US 'Maximum Pressure' N. Korea Policy Yielded Mixed Results in 2017

In order to check the nuclear weapon programs of North Korea, the United Nations has slammed three sets of sanctions on it during 2017.

The economic blitz will not only affect the petroleum sector; no less significant is what has been called a "last-minute change", demanding the repatriation of North Koreans working overseas within 24 months.

For all that, such are the complexities of geostrategy that there is little or no guarantee that the North has tested an ICBM missile for the last time.

They were exposed to radiation between May 2009 and January 2013, and all defected to the South before the most recent test, a researcher at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, which carried out the examinations, told reporters. This has been put back to two years instead of 12 months, which was originally proposed. The missile most recently tested - the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, fired on November 28 - is said to be able to reach the whole continental U.S. The sanctions have also imposed limitations on the supply of textiles and oil apart from refined petroleum products. North Koreans working outside of the country will also have to return in the next two years.

" 'It's really hard to get autocratic governments to change with the use of sanctions", he says.

The discovery raises concerns that North Korea is developing biological weapons. While similar sanctions against the Syrian weapons program listed 271 individuals to target, this time, the focus is on two key figures.

Another 21.6 percent of US citizens said China must take a tougher stance toward its belligerent neighbor.

According to data from Eurostat on Thursday, the European Union's 28 countries issued fewer North Koreans visas to remain within their borders for more than three months.

The poll taken between late October and early November by Genron NPO, a Japanese think tank, and the University of Maryland collected responses from 1,000 Japanese and 2,000 Americans, Kyodo News reported Thursday.

The United Nations Security Council banned about 90 percent of all oil supplies it was getting, making it far more hard for the dictatorship to create nuclear missiles and other weapons of mass destruction for potential war. It also specifically forbade ship-to-ship transfers of banned goods destined for North Korea.

North Korea is known to have made some strides in its space programme since Kim Jong-un came to power in 2011. Those two were later dropped so the sanctions could receive the support of Russian Federation and China.

North Korea remained defiant, slamming the United Nations sanctions as an "act of war". Last year, the Obama administration singled out a number of senior officials - including Kim Jong Un himself - for sanctions, citing human rights violations.

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