This Is A US First Against Kim Jong-Un Over Human Rights Abuses

Previously, the United States placed heavy sanctions on the secretive state for its nuclear and missile activity. Now, it went a step further.

Kim Jong-un had it coming.

The U.S. just slapped sanctions on Kim and 10 of his cronies over alleged human rights abuses against the North Korean people.

"Under Kim Jong-un, North Korea continues to inflict intolerable cruelty and hardship on millions of its own people, including extrajudicial killings, forced labor and torture," Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam J. Szubin said in an announcement.

The sanctions also apply to five North Korean entities, such as the Ministry of People's Security. The ministry is largely responsible for the labor camps and other detention facilities where citizens are forced into labor, tortured, raped and executed.

The most immediate effect of these sanctions will be that any property or interest in property held by the named in U.S. jurisdiction will be frozen. This will be followed by international financial institutions similarly boycotting the people and entities named so they cannot collaborate with American businesses.

U.S. officials hope the State Department report and sanctions will help convince mid- and lower-tier officials to refrain from committing human rights abuses out of fear of being blacklisted.

Previously, U.S. placed heavy sanctions on Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile activity. But the latest move marks the first time North Korean regime officials have been sanctioned over human rights violations.

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, KCNA

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