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1st March 2018 – Quoted by Olivia Enos - Forbes

The Not Quite Maximum Pressure Campaign Against North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

In yet another move to intensify pressure against North Korea, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on Feb. 23 its largest tranche of sanctions against the Kim regime to date. more...

27th February 2018 – Quoted by Ian Talley - The Wall Street Journal

U.N. Report Links North Korea to Syrian Chemical Weapons

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea shipped 50 tons of supplies to Syria for use in building what is suspected to be an industrial-scale chemical weapons factory, according to intelligence information cited in a confidential United Nations report. more...

15th February 2018 – Quoted by Pritha Paul - International Business Times

North Korea Spotted Allegedly Conducting Illegal Trade For A Third Time: Japan

Anthony Ruggiero

According to images taken from a Japanese spy plane, a banned North Korean ship was spotted Tuesday most likely carrying out illegal trade — which, if proven, would be the third time that Pyongyang violated sanctions imposed upon it by the United Nations. more...

15th February 2018 – Quoted by Daniel Blumenthal - Foreign Policy

Give ‘Maximum Pressure’ a Chance

Anthony Ruggiero

Where does U.S. policy toward North Korea stand after Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony in South Korea last week? more...

14th February 2018 – Quoted by Joshua Berlinger and Yoko Wakatsuki - CNN

North Korean ship spotted likely violating sanctions a third time

Anthony Ruggiero

A North Korean tanker has likely violated United Nations sanctions for the third time in recent months, according to authorities in Japan. more...

13th February 2018 – Quoted by Leo Byrne and Hamish Macdonald - NK News

U.S. targets Latvian bank for dealing with sanctioned North Korean entities

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced on Tuesday that it is proposing the designation of a Latvian bank which dealt with North Korea as primary laundering concern. more...

9th February 2018 – The Hill

How Olympic ‘diplomacy’ normalizes North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero, Mathew Ha

Instead of generating goodwill, North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympics has demonstrated how rapidly diplomatic engagement can degenerate into a propaganda exercise that benefits only Kim Jong Un. more...

9th February 2018 – PBS

PBS Newshour

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD's Anthony Ruggiero joins PBS Newshour to discuss North Korea's presence at the 2018 Winter Olympics. more...

7th February 2018 – Quoted by Dwayne Harmon - Newburgh Gazette

Japan, US confirm pressure on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

Pence stressed Wednesday that "all options are on the table" and pledged that Washington would continue to deploy some of its "most advanced military assets to Japan and the wider region" to protect against the threat posed by North Korea. more...

6th February 2018 – Quoted by Jiha Ham - Voice of America

Inter-Korean Olympic Sports Exchange Could Undermine ‘Spirit of Sanctions’

Anthony Ruggiero

With just days before the opening ceremony for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, some U.S. experts are voicing concern that the highly publicized inter-Korean sports exchanges could undermine international sanctions intended to tighten the flow of cash into North Korea and pressure it to renounce its nuclear weapons and missiles programs. more...

31st January 2018 – Quoted by Tim Johnson - McClatchy

North Korea is barely wired. How did it become a global hacking power?

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea is one of the least wired nations on Earth. It has two internet connections to the outside world, one that crosses the Yalu River into China, and the other plugs into Russia’s Far East. more...

26th January 2018 – Voice of America Korea

Washington Talk

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD's Anthony Ruggiero joins VOA Korea to discuss North Korea's developed nuclear missile program. more...

25th January 2018 – Quoted by Vasudevan Sridharan - International Business Times UK

Donald Trump slaps more sanctions on North Korea, move likely to anger Kim Jong-un

Anthony Ruggiero

The US has unfurled a fresh round of sanctions targeting North Korea to put more pressure on the defiant Kim Jong-un regime over its weapons programme. In a move bound to anger the Pyongyang leadership, the Trump administration also placed economic sanctions on Chinese entities. more...

25th January 2018 – Quoted by Joshua Berlinger - CNN

US official warns Hong Kong over North Korea smuggling, money laundering

Anthony Ruggiero

Hong Kong needs to do more to combat North Korean smuggling and money laundering in the city, a top US official has warned. more...

24th January 2018 – Quoted by David Brunnstrom, David Alexander - Reuters

U.S. imposes more North Korea sanctions; urges China, Russia expulsions

Anthony Ruggiero

The United States announced new sanctions aimed at stopping North Korea’s nuclear weapons development on Wednesday and urged China and Russia to expel North Koreans raising funds for the programs. more...

24th January 2018 – Quoted by Hamish Macdonald - NK News

OFAC sanctions entities and individuals based abroad, Russia and China

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions against 16 individuals, nine entities and six vessels in response to North Korea’s ongoing pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and violations of existing UN resolutions, a treasury press release announced on Wednesday. more...

24th January 2018 – Quoted by Joshua Berlinger, Yoko Wakatsuki - CNN

North Korean ship caught likely violating sanctions, Japan says

Anthony Ruggiero

Photographs taken by a Japanese spy plane show a North Korean tanker likely violating UN sanctions, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday. more...

24th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Treasury Sanctions North Korea and China while Russia Escapes

Anthony Ruggiero

Today, the Treasury Department issued sanctions against 15 North Korean overseas representatives, two Chinese firms facilitating sanctions evasion, and five North Korean shipping companies. These actions come during a visit to Beijing and Hong Kong by Treasury’s chief sanctions enforcer, Under Secretary Sigal Mandelker, a signal the Trump administration is pushing ahead with its “maximum pressure” policy even during the inter-Korea talks. more...

24th January 2018 – Quoted by Demetri Sevastopulo - Financial Times

US imposes more sanctions on Chinese and North Korea companies

Anthony Ruggiero

The US has imposed more sanctions on Chinese and North Korean companies, in an effort to pressure Pyongyang into halting its nuclear weapons programmes. more...

23rd January 2018 – Quoted by Leandra Bernstein - Sinclair Broadcast Group

CIA director: North Korea is only ‘months away’ from holding America at risk

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea is now only "a handful of months" away from being able to hold major U.S. cities at risk, CIA Director Mike Pompeo warned on Tuesday. more...