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US slaps sanctions on eight North Korean banks, 26 executives

Earlier, Trump administration also expanded a new travel ban order indefinitely suspending the entry of citizens and included North Korea to the list of countries.

world Updated: Sep 27, 2017 00:50 IST
AFP, Washington
North Korea,North Korea sanctions,US-North Korea ties
A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014.(REUTERS)

The US on Tuesday imposed sanctions on eight North Korean banks and 26 bank executives, ratcheting up pressure on the country amid increasingly bellicose exchanges with Pyongyang over its nuclear programme.

“This further advances our strategy to fully isolate North Korea in order to achieve our broader objectives of a peaceful and denuclearized Korean peninsula,” US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

All property and interest of the designated companies and individuals in the US are blocked by the sanctions.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 00:50 IST