Obama OKs new North Korea sanctions over Sony cyber attack

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President Barack Obama on Friday authorized additional sanctions on North Korea in the wake of the “destructive and coercive” cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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The new sanctions target three entities — including the country’s primary intelligence organization — and 10 individuals as agencies or officials of the North Korean government, according to the Treasury Department.

In a statement, the White House called the sanctions “a response to the Government of North Korea’s ongoing provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies, particularly its destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.”

Other organizations targeted by the new sanctions are Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation, which the Treasury Department classifies as North Korea’s primary arms dealer, and Korea Tangun Trading Corporation, a group tied to the nation’s defense research.

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Obama OKs new North Korea sanctions over Sony cyber attack

Updated