OFAC designates two more North Korean officials

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"He said the offensive should be launched in the party cells, the bases educating the party members and other working people and training them into revolutionaries and the lowest revolutionary posts defending Korean-style socialism", the North's official Korean Central News Agency said in its English edition.

The sanctions follow a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted Friday that imposes new, harsh sanctions in response to the country's November 28 ballistic missile launch.

The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added two North Korean officials to its list blacklist on Tuesday for their involvement with the DPRK's ballistic missile programs.

The U.S. Treasury said in a statement Tuesday the two officials, Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol, are being singled out for pushing forward with producing weapons of mass destruction. The men are said to be key leaders of the country's missile program, which has already led to many sanctions.

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Chang said North Korea's use of a gimbal system, that permits each engine to be placed at specific angles, shows new mastery, according to the report.

Nam Sung-wook at Korea University said after Choe's recent purges of his enemies among top brass, "the only person who can keep Choe in check is Kim Jong-un's own flesh and blood Kim Yeo-jong".

The gathering came amid heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

"Through various channels, we've recently learned that the North has completed a new satellite and named it Kwangmyongsong-5", a South Korean government source revealed.

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Pyongyang launched its Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite in February 2016, which much of the worldwide community viewed as a disguised ballistic missile test.

The group aimed to take a big bite out of the North Korean economy earlier this month by banning the North from exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood products.

Ri, a former air force general, has been responsible for developing North Korean missiles.

Neither North Korea nor South Korea is a Security Council member.

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The council could look to sanction other profitable North Korean exports, such as textiles.