South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) shakes hands with Ivanka Trump during their dinner meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul on February 23, 2018. AFP / POOL / Kim Min-Hee
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The Trump administration hit more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses with its largest package of sanctions against North Korea Friday, escalating pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear program.The U.N. Security Council has imposed three sets of sanctions on North Korea in the past year to deprive it of revenue and resources for its nuclear and ballistic missile development.It also blacklisted 16 North shipping companies and 19 of their North Korean-flagged vessels.Tsang was said to have coordinated North Korean coal exports with a Russia-based North Korean broker, and attempted a $1 million oil deal with a Russian company sanctioned for dealing with the North.The Treasury Department published photos of a U.S.-designated North Korean vessel, Kum Un San 3, which it said used false identifying information and conducted an illicit ship-to-ship transfer, possibly of oil, with a Panama-flagged vessel that was among the ships sanctioned Friday.
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