March 29, 2023

US sanctions North Korean border guards for stopping people from escaping

New designations to mark Human Rights Day also target foreign companies and individuals tied to DPRK animation firm

The U.S. slapped new sanctions on North Korea’s border control authorities on Friday for their efforts to stop would-be defectors from escaping, part of a series of designations to mark International Human Rights Day.

The unilateral measures, which also target the DPRK’s animation industry, “aim to disrupt” North Korea’s “role in restricting freedom of movement, mistreating asylum seekers, and exploiting laborers to generate revenue for the state,” according to a press statement by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.