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U.S. sanctions on N. Korea are 'appropriate': Seoul

All Headlines 18:35 January 03, 2015

SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Saturday welcomed retaliatory sanctions taken by Washington on North Korea in response to the communist nation's alleged cyber-attacks on Sony Pictures, calling them "appropriate."

"The U.S. government's sanctions are seen as an appropriate countermeasure against North Korea's policy and actions such as its persistent provocation including the latest Sony Pictures hacking attack," South Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said any attacks that hurt the openness and safety of the cyber space and infringe upon the interests of individuals and corporations should not be tolerated.

On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order authorizing additional sanctions on North Korean individuals and entities regarding the cyber attack.

Three North Korean entities and 10 officials named in the sanctions included the Reconnaissance General Bureau, Pyongyang's primary intelligence organization, accused of arms trading and other activities banned under U.N. resolutions, according to the Treasury Department.

Though those sanctioned are barred from using the U.S. financial system and U.S. citizens are banned from doing business with them, the measures are considered largely symbolic because the North has already been under a string of international sanctions and those newly sanctioned are not believed to have any dealings with the U.S.


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