US Treasury blacklists Turkish firm for alleged violation of sanctions against N. Korea

        The US is blacklisting a Turkish company and two executives for allegedly attempting to circumvent sanctions prohibiting sales of weapons and luxury goods to North Korea, AP reported. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement that SIA Falcon International Group and the individuals acting on its behalf<em> &ldquo;are blatantly attempting to flout longstanding UN sanctions&rdquo;</em> against the North. Those penalties are intended to deprive North Korea&rsquo;s government of revenue for its nuclear weapons program. The Treasury said that earlier this year, SIA Falcon officials in Turkey hosted a diplomat from North Korea&rsquo;s embassy in Mongolia to negotiate trade deals involving &ldquo;weapons and luxury goods.&rdquo; The executives named in Thursday&rsquo;s action are SIA Falcon CEO Huseyin Sahin and its general manager Erhan Culha. They&rsquo;re now blocked from doing business with the US.