US Orders New Sanctions on North Korea
The United States ordered new economic restrictions against North Korea this week that directly answer human rights abuse.
The restrictions are expected to have limited impact. The United States has almost no direct business connections to North Korea.
But supporters say the measures send an important message to North Korean leaders.
The restrictions target North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, and other top officials as well as several government agencies.
The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Powers, said the restrictions send a message to many in North Korea, not just its top leaders. She said it will be heard by "prison camp managers and guards, secret police, interrogators and persecutors of defectors."
The U.S. Treasury Department said North Korea's Ministry of State Security and other agencies commonly torture people. Treasury officials said such acts include beatings, forced starvation, forced abortions, sexual attacks and the killing of babies.
South Korea said it supports the U.S. decision. The measures include a freeze on U.S. bank accounts belonging to Kim Jong Un and other North Korean officials.
Cho June-hyuck is an official with the South Korean Foreign Ministry. He said the restrictions will raise awareness internationally of the broad and systemic human rights violations in North Korea.
Among the agencies targeted is the Ministry of People's Security, which operates police stations and detention centers, including labor camps.
Phil Robertson is deputy director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch. He said the restrictions show that the international community is increasingly concerned about the North Korean government abuses.
Restrictions against North Korea are nothing new. This year, the United Nations Security Council approved new measures that block North Korean money movement and the trade of minerals. Those restrictions followed North Korea's fourth nuclear test and a long-distance rocket launch.
North Korea reacted to the UN move with a declaration that it would continue its nuclear development program. It also test fired short and medium distance missiles.
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2.send to 发送
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3.prison camp 战俘营
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1.The restrictions target North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, and other top officials as well as several government agencies.
as well as 和...一样
Boys as well as girls are taught cookery in school these days.
Brothers and sisters do not always agree as well as they should.
2.He said the restrictions show that the international community is increasingly concerned about the North Korean government abuses.
concerned about 关心；担忧
People are concerned about the cutbacks in federal welfare programs.
The whole society should be concerned about the health and sound growth of children.
不过，这些制裁的作用不会太明显 。美国与朝鲜几乎没有直接的经济往来 。
美国驻联合国大使萨曼莎·鲍尔（Samantha Powers）表示，这一次的制裁不仅指向最高领导人，还包括朝鲜各个阶层的人员 。她表示，包括战俘营管理人员和警卫、秘密警察、审讯和迫害朝鲜叛逃者的人员 。
美国财政部表示，朝鲜国家安全部及其它机构常常对民众用刑 。财政部官员表示，具体行为包括殴打、不让进食、性侵犯和杀害婴儿 。
韩国表示支持美国实施经济制裁 。经济制裁措施包括冻结金正恩以及其它朝鲜官员名下的美国银行账户 。
赵俊赫（Cho June-hyuck）是韩国外交部官员 。他表示，这些制裁会使国际社会对朝鲜侵犯人权有更加广泛和系统的认识 。
菲尔·罗伯逊(Phil Robertson)是人权观察机构亚洲部的副主任 。他指出，经济制裁表明国际社会越来越关注朝鲜政府的虐行 。
针对朝鲜的制裁没有较大变化 。今年，联合国安理会通过了封锁朝鲜流动资金和矿产贸易的制裁措施 。这是为了回应朝鲜第四次核试验和远程火箭发射而出台的 。