The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia, located in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering South Korea and China. Its capital, Pyongyang, is the country's largest city by both land area and population. It is a single-party state led by the Korean Workers' Party (KWP), and governed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un since 2012. It has a population of 24,052,231 (UN-assisted DPRK census 2008) made up of Koreans and a smaller Chinese minority. Japan 'opened' Korea in 1876 and annexed it in 1910. The Republic of Korea (ROK) was founded with US support in the south in August 1948 and the Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north in September that year.
US Treasury imposes sanctions on Daedong Credit Bank
The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on a North Korean bank and its China-based representative in the latest step to disrupt Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes and pressure the government.
The action against Daedong Credit Bank on Thursday showed that the Obama administration is keeping up pressure on North Korea despite a pause in the threatening rhetoric that followed an atomic test explosion in February and Pyongyang's offer this month to negotiate directly with Washington.
The new sanctions also underscored continuing US concern about North Korean financial institutions and companies operating in China, despite restrictions recently imposed by Beijing on the country's main foreign exchange bank.
"That North Korea's recent bellicose statements and actions seem to have ebbed does not alter the basic facts. North Korea continues to pursue an illicit nuclear and ballistic missile program that threatens the US" and other countries, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence David Cohen said.
The US Treasury Department said that since at least 2007, Daedong Credit Bank has facilitated hundreds of financial transactions worth millions of dollars on behalf of the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation, Pyongyang's premier arms dealer, and its main financial arm, the Tanchon Commercial Bank.