Amid indications that North Korea may have moved big time into the bank robbery business, President Barack Obama has ordered that North Korean banks be cut off from the international banking system, using authority earlier granted by Congress.

The move may be just the first in an escalating set of sanctions aimed at North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, and it may meet with some form of retaliation.

But after seven years of tolerating North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile arsenal undertaken in defiance of international law and pressure, it is good to see the administration taking a tough line with the rogue state, which to raise money for its ambitious armaments program has also engaged in counterfeiting, drug trafficking and the sale of missile technology to Pakistan and other states.

Source: Obama strikes back at North Korea – Post and Courier