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Rising demand for tougher sanctions against North Korea

  • There are renewed calls for tougher US sanctions against North Korea in view of a destructive hacking assault against Sony Pictures and peril against movie theaters. It has not been just viewed as a corporate security issue but as an act of aggression against the United States by a foreign government.There are demand to deny N Korea access to hard currency by excluding it from the US financial system banks in other countries that hold North Korean funds.

    The hacking attack has led Sony to cancel its Christmas Day release of the movie "The Interview," a comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong Un.

    William Reinsch, a former senior Commerce Department official, is in the forefront of the demand for enforcing international sanctions against North Korea and other countries.

    There are also voices that demand N Korea to be declared once more as a state sponsor of terrorism. It is already facing sanctions over its nuclear weapons program.