President Barack Obama levied sanctions against North Korea on Wednesday in response to the reclusive country’s recent “illicit” nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
The sanctions blocks certain transactions on property belonging to the North Korean government and to the Workers’ Party of Korea. They follow the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous adoption this month of some of the toughest sanctions in decades against North Korea for defying the world by pushing ahead with its nuclear program. Obama enacted separate U.S. sanctions last month.
An executive order signed by Obama and effective Wednesday merges both sets of sanctions, enabling the U.S. government to implement them.
“These actions are consistent with our longstanding commitment to apply sustained pressure on the North Korean regime,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a written statement announcing Obama’s action. “The U.S. and the global community will not tolerate North Korea’s illicit nuclear and ballistic missile activities, and we will continue to impose costs on North Korea until it comes into compliance with its international obligations.” Read more