The President of the United States, Barack Obama has sanctioned North Korean companies after he claimed that the North Koreans are currently a continuing threat to the national security, foreign policy and the economic state of the United States.
The president Barack Obama also made the following statements on the sanctions:
The provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies of the Government of North Korea, including its destructive, coercive cyber-related actions during November and December 2014.
The statement above was made directly after he ordered the sanctions on North Korea.
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.
In the statement above he clearly explains that he will not accept any threats which will halt activities of the United States and “others”.
The United States Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew stated the following about the announcement of the sanctions:
Today’s actions are driven by our commitment to hold North Korea accountable for its destructive and destabilizing conduct.
The sanctions of the United States will allow them to perform the following actions on the North Korean companies and people:
- Apply sanctions against officials of the Government of North Korea
- Apply sanctions against the Workers Party of Korea
- Apply sanctions on people which are working with or are owned by the mentioned parties
The United States has pushed these sanctions after the Sony hack which was performed by hacktivists (North Korea?) that wanted to halt the release of “The Interview” movie. The hackers had released personal information and classified information from the Sony company.
The United States stated that this cyber attack was an crippling cyber attack and they claimed that Pyongyang was responsible for the Sony “The Interview” hack.
Obama has said his government takes the hack “very seriously” and had warned the United States would “respond proportionately.”