Posted August. 05, 2010 11:24,
The U.S. has reportedly confirmed that nine of the 15 financial institutions North Korea operates overseas are involved in illegal activity.
Accordingly, the nine and more than 20 other institutions and individuals, including financiers who oversee the institutions, will be subject to Washingtons new financial sanctions announced against Pyongyang.
A government source in Seoul said Wednesday, The U.S. government and intelligence are pointing to Kim Tong Myong, president of Danchon Commercial Bank of the North. The bank helped to amass slush funds overseas for the North.
Washington judges that organizations subject to Executive Order 13382, which regulates weapons of mass destruction, are also involved in other activities, including the illegal trade of luxury goods and money laundering. The U.S. is considering including many such organizations in the new executive order.
Under Executive Order 13382, three financial institutions and 18 trading companies were subject to financial sanctions. The imminent addition of six more North Korean financial institutions abroad will further put the Stalinist country in a bind.
On Washingtons plan to impose additional sanctions against Pyongyang, South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan said, Measures designed to impose specific sanctions on organizations and individuals and freeze assets will come in two weeks.