Although the two countries have no diplomatic ties, North Korea’s United Nations mission had long served as a point of contact. Advertisements
The North Korean military called the rationale for the joint American-South Korean system “absurd,” arguing that all its weapons were for self-defense.
South Korea showed that it was embracing its alliance with Washington more than ever, and that it would rely less on China to keep North Korea at bay.
The action against Kim Jong-un and 10 other North Korean leaders was taken after extrajudicial slayings, forced labor and torture, a Treasury official said.