Barack Obama wasn’t joking when he talked about the fallout from James Franco and Seth Rogen‘s comedy The Interview.
The President issued an executive order on Friday detailing strict sanctions agains North Korea after they were identified by the FBI as masterminding the Sony hack.
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These sanctions mean increased financial pressure on the North Korean government, including three organizations and ten individuals named to be associated.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said:
“Today’s actions are driven by our commitment to hold North Korea accountable for its destructive and destabilizing conduct. 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 U.S. businesses and citizens, and to respond to attempts to undermine our values or threaten the national security of the United States. 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.”
According to the press release, these sanctions are just one step in the “proportional response” to North Korea’s attack on American businesses.
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Time will tell just how far the United States is willing to go to “hold North Korea accountable for its destabilizing, destructive and repressive actions.”
[Image via Sony Pictures.]