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New Sanctions Imposed on North Korea

Jaclyn Jaeger | January 2, 2015

President Barack Obama signed an executive order today imposing new sanctions on North Korea, in response to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. In turn, the Treasury Department designated three organizations and ten North Korean officials under those sanctions.

In the executive order, Obama cited North Korea’s “provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies ... including its destructive, coercive cyber-related actions during November and December 2014.” 

Specifically, the executive order imposes sanctions against agencies and officials associated with the North Korean government and Workers’ Party of Korea. The sanctions deny them access to the U.S. financial system and bar them from entering the United States.

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