Obama Hits North Korea With Sanctions, Hints There's More to Come

By Ashley Feinberg on at

Despite a recent FBI briefing attempting to convince the Bureau that evidence was flimsy, the White House is standing strong behind its decision to point the Sony Hack finger squarely on North Korea. To prove it, Obama just hit North Korea with tightened sanctions. Because now the US is really not doing business with them.

The new sanctions cited by the White House apply to three different entities and 10 individuals who it claims are "agencies or officials of the North Korean government." This includes North Korea's primary intelligence organisation, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, and officials in Russia, Iran, and China.

Of course, both the US and the UN have been slapping North Korea with various sanctions for years, so this particular executive order is likely more symbolic than anything. What's interesting, though, is the fact that the White House is calling this particular move its "first aspect of our response" for the attack on Sony Pictures, which implies that its denying any involvement in the DDoS attacks on North Korea's internet just a few weeks ago. [Financial Times]

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