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Obama Bans Import of|Arms from North Korea

WASHINGTON (CN) - President Barack Obama has issued an executive order forbidding the importation to the United States of any war material from North Korea, as part of the effort to isolate the dictatorship after its nuclear weapons test in October 2006.

The new order compliments previous executive orders freezing financial assets of, and forbidding financial transactions with, members of the North Korean elite and United Nations Security Council Regulations 1718 and 1874, which similarly banned import and export of war materials to North Korea.

North Korea detonated a nuclear device on Oct. 9, 2006, which was estimated to be less than four kilotons in strength. On Oct. 14, 2006, the U.N. Security Council adopted resolution 1718, imposing economic sanctions to North Korea.

In June 2009, UNSCR 1874 was adopted to extend the economic sanctions to include military material.

According to the Defense Intelligence Agency, North Korea chiefly sells arms to the Middle East, primarily Iran.

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