Washington( CNN) The US Treasury Department announced new sanctions Tuesday targeting Chinese and Russian entities that help fund and facilitate North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

“As a result of today's action, any property or interests in property of the designated persons in the possession or control of US persons or within the United States must be blocked, and US people are generally prohibited from dealing with them, ” the Treasury Department said in a statement.

Specifically, international sanctions are aimed at 16 entities and individuals that assist “already designated persons who support North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, deal in the North Korean energy trade, facilitate its exportation of workers, and enable sanctioned North Korean entities to access the US and international financial systems, ” the Treasury Department said.