Obama imposes new sanctions against North Korea in response to recent "illicit" nuclear and ballistic missile tests
US president Barack Obama is imposing new sanctions against North Korea in response to recent "illicit" nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced the president's decision on Wednesday.
Mr Earnest said the new unilateral sanctions will allow the US to implement sanctions unanimously agreed to by the UN Security Council.
North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb in January. It followed that with the launch of a ballistic missile last month.
Mr Earnest said the sanctions are consistent with a long-standing commitment by the US to keep pressure on North Korea.
He said the US and its allies will continue to impose costs on North Korea until it meets its international obligations.