On April 18, 2011, President Obama issued an Executive Order that, effective April 19, 2011, prohibits all direct or indirect importation of goods, services, and technology form North Korea. Unless exempt, all imports into the U.S. from North Korea must be authorized.
The Order leaves in place all existing sanctions imposed under Executive Orders 13466 and 13551.
Executive Order 13466 of 2008 declared a national emergency pursuant to International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the U.S. posed by the proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula.
Executive Order 13551 of 2010 expanded the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466 and blocked the property and interests in property of three North Korean entities and one individual.