US President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday authorizing the imposition of new sanctions against certain North Korean entities in the wake of the recent Sony hack the White House continues to blame on Pyongyang.
The US Department of the Treasury said Friday that Pres. Obama has authorized sanctions against three businesses and 10 individuals, “driven by our commitment to hold North Korea accountable for its destructive and destabilizing conduct,” namely the recent attack waged against Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer network and the subsequent threats that followed.
“Even as the FBI continues its investigation into the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, 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,” Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew said in a statement released on Friday afternoon, January 2, announcing the sanctions. “The actions taken today under the authority of the president’s new Executive Order will further isolate key North Korean entities and disrupt the activities of close to a dozen critical North Korean operatives. We will continue to use this broad and powerful tool to expose the activities of North Korean government officials and entities.”