United States Sanctions Entities and Individuals Linked to North Korean Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs
Office of the Spokesperson
March 2, 2016
The United States welcomes the unanimous adoption today of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2270. North Korea's nuclear and missile proliferation activities violate multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, destabilize the region, and undermine the global nonproliferation regime. The international community has condemned North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation activity and its continued efforts to advance its nuclear and missile programs, including its announced January 6 nuclear test and its February 7 launch using ballistic missile technology. These provocative acts continue to threaten international peace and security and have only resulted in North Korea becoming further isolated from the international community.
The U.S. Department of State is taking action today to help implement the asset freeze provisions of UNSCR 2270 (2016) by designating North Korea’s Ministry of Atomic Energy Industry (MAEI), the Academy of National Defense Science (ANDS), and the National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA), as well as two individuals directly tied to North Korea’s proliferation activities, Choe Chun Sik and Kang Mun-Kil, for their contribution to North Korea’s WMD-related activities. Additionally, the Department of State is designating the Namhung Trading Corporation as an alias of the UN- and U.S.-designated Namchongang Trading Corporation (NCG). These designations are pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382 (“Blocking Property of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators and Their Supporters).
MAEI oversees North Korea’s nuclear program. MAEI consists of a number of nuclear-related organizations and research centers and committees, and directs a nuclear research center at Yongbyon, the site of North Korea’s known plutonium facilities. ANDS contributes to the further development of North Korea’s ballistic and nuclear programs. NADA oversees the development of North Korea’s space science and technology, including satellite launches and carrier rockets.
Choe Chun Sik was the president of the UN- and U.S.-designated Second Academy of Natural Sciences, and played a prominent role in the launch of the Unha-3 rocket in December 2012.
Namhung Trading Corporation is an alias of NCG. NCG is a North Korean nuclear-related company in Pyongyang that has been involved in the purchase of aluminum tubes and other equipment specifically suitable for a uranium enrichment program since the late 1990s. Namhung Trading Corporation has conducted procurement activities associated with North Korea’s nuclear program. Kang Mun-Kil has conducted nuclear procurement activities as a representative of Namhung Trading Corporation.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today also designated two entities and ten individuals with ties to the Government of North Korea and its nuclear and weapons proliferation efforts. Information on the entities and individuals designated by OFAC can be found https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/default.aspx.
Identifying information for State Department designations:
Name: Ministry of Atomic Energy Industry
Location: Haeun 2-Dong, Pyongchon District, Pyongyang, Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea (DPRK)
Name: National Aerospace Development Administration
Name: Academy of National Defense Science
Location: Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
Name: Choe Chun-Sik
AKA: Choe Chun Sik
AKA: Ch’oe Ch’un Sik
DOB: 12 October 1954
Name: Kang Mun-Kil
AKA: Jiang Wen-ji
Passport: PS 472330208
Passport date of expiration: 4 July 2017
Namchongang Trading Corporation
AKA: Korea Namhung Trading Corporation
Location: Chilgol, Mangyongdae District, Pyongyang, DPRK