U.S. Treasury Sanctions those helping North Korean arms spike

The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on four people and a company;Kim Sok Chol, the North Korean ambassador to Myanmar;Hwang Su Man and his company, EKO Development and Investment Co. The Treasury  said  all are linked to North Korean weapons expansion efforts. They all, according to Treasury, have ties to the Korea Mining Development Trading Corp., or KOMID, which  U.S. officials say it is Pyongyang’s “primary arms dealer.”

Kim Kwang Hyok, a KOMID official in Myanmar  works with Kim Sok Chol, and on Ri Chong Chol, a KOMID official in Pyongyang.

Hwang Su Man and his company, EKO Development and Investment Co., for what Treasury alleged was their support to KOMID. He and the company, a North Korean government entity, are both located in Egypt; they’ve helped KOMID market North Korean weapons systems to foreign countries, Treasury said.