Magazine article Screen International

US Imposes North Korea Sanctions

Magazine article Screen International

US Imposes North Korea Sanctions

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President Barack Obama, already a significant player in the Sony hack debacle, has imposed economic sanctions on North Korea in light of the cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

An executive order issued on Friday (January 2) named three North Korean state bodies and ten government officials.

While Administration officials said none of those named were directly implicated in any of the cyber attacks, the order is designed to further isolate Pyongyang from the international business community.

The White House response to what it called "provocative, destabilising and repressive actions and policies" are part of an ongoing "proportional" retaliation to the cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

"Today's actions are driven by our commitment to hold North Korea accountable for its destructive and destabilising conduct," Treasury secretary Jack Lew said in a statement."Even as the FBI continues its investigation into the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment [SPE], these steps underscore that we will employ a broad set of tools to defend US businesses and citizens, and to respond to attempts to undermine our values or threaten the national security of the United States. …

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