Trump administration to issue sanctions against North Korea for ballistic missile test

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Washington (CNN) — President Donald Trump will impose new sanctions on North Korea on Thursday, an administration official told CNN.

The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the sanctions, said the move will be a first for the Trump administration, which has repeatedly expressed concern about North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

The president is considering the sanctions against the country’s defense and intelligence sectors, the official said.

The decision was first reported by The Associated Press.

The sanctions are aimed at punishing North Korea with “countervailing economic sanctions,” and include restrictions on the export of goods, the sanctions official said, declining to be named as the sanctions are classified.

The move comes after Trump said in late October that he wanted North Korea to freeze its nuclear and missile programs and said he was considering “a whole host of things.”

North Korea has not made any public comments since Trump’s threats in late-October, but in October the government said it had successfully tested a nuclear device.

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Pyongyang has said the country had tested a hydrogen bomb on Oct. 6.

The country said in November that the country could test a hydrogen missile as early as this week.Read more: