The United States has sanctioned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It is the first time ever that the North Korean leader has been directly become a target of sanctions.
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The US Treasury Department said in a statement that the sanctions are the first against any North Korean and includes 10 other individuals and five government ministries and departments.
US has placed Kim at the top of a list of those accused of censorship and serious human rights abuses. According to the US State Department North Korea’s political prisoner camps hold between 80,000 and 120,000 prisoners including children.
A principal reason why the US sanctioned Kim is because of North Korea’s nuclear tests. But the US administration pointed out that though previous sanctions on the country were because of Pyongyang’s nuclear programme, the one issued of Kim and the others shows Washington’s seriousness about rights abuses.