Obama issues executive order imposing fresh sanctions on N. Korea

March 16, 2016

WASHINGTON (Yonhap) — U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive imposing fresh sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday, further tightening the screws on the communist nation for its defiant nuclear and missile tests.

“This Executive Order is part of our response to North Korea’s January 6 nuclear test and February 7 launch using ballistic missile technology, and it enables U.S. implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2270 and the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

“These actions are consistent with our longstanding commitment to apply sustained pressure on the North Korean regime. 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,” he said.