The US Treasury Department on Thursday imposed sanctions on three North Korean officials linked to the nation's weapons of mass destruction program.
This is reported by "European Truth".
The sanctions were imposed after a series of missile launches by North Korea, including the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on November 18. It was the eighth launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile this year.
"The Treasury Department is taking action in close trilateral coordination with the Republic of Korea and Japan against officials who have played a leading role in North Korea's illicit weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs," said Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson.
"Recent launches demonstrate the need for all countries to fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions aimed at preventing North Korea from acquiring the technology, materials and revenues Pyongyang needs to develop its proscribed weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile capabilities," Nelson added.
US representatives have repeatedly condemned North Korea's missile launches as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions and a threat to international peace and stability.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said on Saturday that his country is seeking to have a "powerful" nuclear force, boosting dozens of military personnel involved in the recent launch of a new ballistic missile.
The latest round of US sanctions in October targeted two Singapore-based companies and a Marshall Islands-based firm that Washington says support Pyongyang's weapons programs and its armed forces.
In May, the United States imposed sanctions on two Russian banks due to North Korea's missile launches.