WASHINGTON – With little apparent progress in denuclearization talks with North Korea, the Trump administration on Wednesday stepped up pressure on the isolated nation by punishing three foreign companies charged with enhancing the North evade international sanctions.

The Treasury Department imposed sanctions within the companies, which have been situated in China, Russia and Singapore, as well as the head with the Russian firm, that block any assets they own in U.S. jurisdictions and bar Americans from having them playing.

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