US rolls out more sanctions after North Korea missile tests

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The U.S. Treasury Department is placing new sanctions on three Russian companies after North Korea tested parts of its biggest intercontinental ballistic missile in two recent launches. The launches are a sign that North Korea is likely to fire that weapon soon to put a spy satellite into orbit in what would be its most significant provocation in years.

North Korea’s neighbors detected two ballistic launches last week. North Korea later said it was testing cameras and other systems to be installed on a spy satellite.

The missile that was tested was the Hwasong-17, which could potentially fly more than 9,300 miles, far enough to strike anywhere in the U.S.