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Dec. 23 2017 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un addresses the conference of cell chairpersons of the ruling party in Pyongyang. North Korea on Sunday Dec. 24 called the latest U.N. sanctions to target the country

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On January 2 2017 Kim Jong-Un in his New Year's Day address to the nation - and the world - announced that his country was in the "last stage" of preparations to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The communist state claimed at the end of November that the whole of the US mainland is within its reach after it launched a new "Hwasong-15" intercontinental ballistic missile in a 2,796 mile high vertical test flight. Treasury said the men are senior officials in North Korea's Munitions Industry Department.

But South Korean daily newspaper Joongang Ilbo reported: 'Through various channels, we've recently learned that the North has completed a new satellite and named it Kwangmyongsong-5.

Ri Pyong Chol and Kim Jong Sik are now both blacklisted - which means any assets they have in the USA will be frozen, although as NPR's David Welna notes, "It's not clear whether either of them, in fact, has any US assets".

Ri is a former air force general who now appears to have a prominent role within North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, Reuters says.

Pyongyang is under multiple United Nations sanctions over its nuclear and missile tests and is prohibited from carrying out any launch using ballistic missile technology including satellites. North Korea has branded Trump a mentally disturbed "dotard".

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It was the latest move by the Trump administration to isolate Pyongyang, which has continued its nuclear program despite threats by President Donald Trump, who has vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea if it does not abandon its nuclear ambitions.

United States reconnaissance satellites have released photographs showing Chinese-registered ships trading oil with their North Korean counterparts.

The missile test in November led to a meeting between the UN Security Council where they approved new sanctions.

Washington has made it clear that all options, including military ones, are on the table, but it prefers a diplomatic solution.

And in early December, a state-run newspaper in China's Jilin Province, which borders North Korea and Russian Federation, published a page of "common sense" advice on how readers can protect themselves from a nuclear weapons attack or explosion.

The stand-off between the United States and North Korea has raised fears of a new conflict on the Korean peninsula, which has remained in a technical state of war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.

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