Obama signs executive order implementing sanctions on North Korea
Washington: US President Barack Obama yesterday signed an order implementing UN-backed sanctions on North Korea after a nuclear test and missile launch this year.
The order, signed by Barack Obama, says it is not aimed at the North Korean people, but is aimed at the government. Pic/AFP
The White House said Obama had signed an executive order targeting the volatile hermit state’s energy, financial and shipping assets. The measures were agreed to at the United Nations in response to the January 6 nuclear test and February 7 ballistic missile launch.
“The order is not targeted at the people of North Korea, but rather is aimed at the government,” said the document signed by Obama. Among the entities targeted are the “Propaganda and Agitation Department” of the Workers’ Party of Korea and mining firms that provide the regime with much-needed revenues.
In response to the UN sanctions and a US-South Korean drill, Kim has already ordered an upcoming nuclear warhead test and multiple missile launches.
US has asked North Korea to immediately release Otto Warmbier, the 21-year-old US national sentenced to jail for 15 years with hard labour for stealing a banner. “Now that Mr Warmbier has gone through this criminal process, we urge the North Korean government to pardon him,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.