Trump administration targets Chinese and Russian companies over illegal shipments to North Korea

The Treasury Department announced new actions Wednesday directed at Chinese and Russian companies that the department said have facilitated illicit shipments on behalf of North Korea.

The department announced designations against one individual and three companies. Those businesses include a Chinese logistics company and its affiliate in Singapore, as well as Russia-based Profinet and its director general.

The actions come as the U.S. continues to push North Korea to denuclearize and remains locked in a trade war with China. The sanctions also follow repeated criticism of President Donald Trump for perceived softness on Russia as special counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate the country’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.