Barack Obama imposes new North Korea sanctions

Barack Obama imposes new North Korea sanctions

Barack Obama imposes new North Korea sanctions

Written by Staff Writer

19 Feb, 2016 | 6:54 am

President Barack Obama signed new sanctions on North Korea into law Thursday, punishing the regime after its nuclear and missile tests as well as suspected cyber-hacking incidents.

Obama stamped his approval on the sanctions bill after Congress overwhelmingly passed the measure earlier this month.

The measure is meant to compel American allies to enact similarly tough restrictions on North Korea as a way to further isolate the country, which conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and recently launched a satellite into space.

The sanctions cut off money North Korea needed to develop miniaturised nuclear warheads and long-range missiles.

The US and China are negotiating over a UN Security Council resolution on new sanctions.China has said some of the measures could cripple North Korea’s economy.

The bill also allows for $50m (£35m) to support humanitarian programmes and transmit radio broadcasts into North Korea.

North Korea recently fired a long-range rocket, which critics said was a test of banned missile technology.

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