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Seoul imposes sanctions on groups from Taiwan, Syria over links to North Korean arms trade

South Korea says it has imposed financial sanctions on seven individuals and organizations from Taiwan and Syria after they were linked to weapons trade with North Korea.

The list revealed by government officials on Friday included Taiwanese businessman Hsien Tai Tsai who was sentenced to 2 years in jail by a U.S. court in March for his involvement in the supply of weapons-manufacturing machinery to North Korea. Seoul officials say that Syria's state-run Scientific Studies and Research Center is suspected of arms trade with North Korea, which is continuing to advance its missile technology.

Any South Korean who trades with these sanctioned individuals or organizations without permission can be jailed for up to three years or fined up to $268,000.