In the world Day of human rights on December 10 the United States imposed sanctions against three members of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea. It is said in the distributed statement of the American Ministry of Finance.
Vice-chairmen of the Central Committee of party Pak Gvan Huo who also heads department of promotion and propaganda and also Tsoi Rennes of He were included in the black list. Under restrictions also Chong Gyon Tkhek who, according to the American department, is a member of the Central Committee of party and the minister of state security of the DPRK got, TASS reports.
According to the Ministry of Finance, North Korean officials on whom restrictions are imposed are involved in “serious violations of human rights and censorship in North Korea” and also in “access restriction [citizens of the country] to foreign media”. Sanctions, consider the American authorities, “serve as a reminder on ill treatment of North Korea with the U.S. citizen Otto Vombir who died 18 months ago”.
Actions of Washington, it is told in the document, “are designed to emphasize an awful situation in the field of human rights in North Korea and to support those who cannot speak for themselves”. Financial department made the decision to introduce restrictions on the basis of the report on human rights violations published by State Department in the DPRK.
“The Ministry of Finance introduces restrictions on officials of North Korea of a high rank who direct the departments which are carrying out cruel acceptable activity, violating human rights and allowing other abuses for suppression and control of the population, – the Minister of Finance Stephen Mnuchin told. – The United States consistently condemn North Korean regime for its gross and brazen violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the present [Washington] administration will continue to take measures against violators of human rights around the world”.
In total since January, 2017 the Ministry of Finance of the USA put sanctions on more than 500 legal entities and individual whose activity is connected with human rights violations in the DPRK, Russia, Syria, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Venezuela, Iran.
Let’s remind, in 2015 the 21-year-old American tourist Otto Vombir studying in the University of Virginia was detained in Pyongyang. It is known that the student lived in Yangakto hotel in which foreigners usually stop. There the young man came on the confidential fifth floor and allegedly tried to steal the propaganda poster. Vormbir was accused of attempt of undermining unity of the North Korean nation “with the connivance of the USA and of consent with the Washington manipulations”.
Vormbir was judged, forced to admit deeds on cameras and sentenced to 15 years of penal servitude. Soon the student got sick and felled into a coma. Though the State Department of the USA achieved its release, did not leave Otto’s coma. When the student was brought in the USA, doctors diagnosed for him damage of a brain. In a week after homecoming of Otto died. His parents a cause of death called tortures, however officially the cause of death was not established.