US Sanctions Russian, Chinese Firms as Pompeo Meets China's FM

The U.S. Treasury Department said it imposed sanctions Friday on a Russian bank for helping North Korea avoid U.N. Security Council actions to restrain Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. The development comes as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to urge leaders of Southeast Asian countries in Singapore on Saturday to maintain sanctions against Pyongyang, which is negotiating with the U.S. to dismantle its weapons programs. The agency said Moscow-based Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank expedited "a significant transaction" with an individual who the U.S. blacklisted for being involved in North Korea's weapons development programs. Treasury said the Russian bank conducted the transaction for Han Jang Su, the Moscow-based head of North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank (FTB), Pyongyang's primary foreign exchange bank. Han's deputy, Ri Jong Won, who is also based in Moscow, also was targeted. The department said both Han and Ri should be expelled from Russia...


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