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President Obama to punish North Korea over Sony hack


Looks like President Obama is done playing with North Korea.

It is being reported that POTUS has signed an executive order to put into effect new sanctions against North Korea after the cyber attack on Sony last month.

In the order, the President accuses North Korea of “destructive, coercive cyber-related actions during November and December,” and calls the country a “continuing threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States.”

According to the executive order, the Treasury Department will halt North Korea’s access to the U.S. financial system thereby freezing assets and denying transactions of certain officials and entities of the country along with anyone who supports the country. The U.S. has pinpointed 10 persons and three agencies — including their intelligence agency of which the administration believes heads up their “major cyber operations” — for which the executive order will effect immediately.

“The order is not targeted at the people of North Korea, but rather is aimed at the Government of North Korea and its activities that threaten the United States and others,” President Obama wrote to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when informing them of the order.

Despite the fact some experts have expressed feelings of uncertainty as to whether North Korea was behind the attack on Sony, a White House official told reporters that the U.S. is “very confident in the attribution.”

These latest sanctions aren’t the first time North Korea has drawn the ire of the Obama administration.

In 2008, 2010, and 2011, restrictions were placed upon North Korea as punishment for it’s failing to comply with United Nations resolutions regarding it’s nuclear involvement.