China demands United States stops unilateral sanctions over North Korea
25 February, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Katrina Soto
South Korea said on Saturday new USA sanctions on North Korea will bolster global community compliance with United Nations resolutions aimed at pressing the isolated state to give up its development of nuclear weapons. "That just was announced and I wanted to let you know".
While Trump's advisors have said they do not want to take military action against the rogue regime, Trump has previously responded to North Korea's provocations with explosive rhetoric.
The Treasury Department published photos of a US -designated North Korean vessel, Kum Un San 3, which it said used false identifying information and conducted an illicit ship-to-ship transfer, possibly of oil, with a Panama-flagged vessel that was among the ships sanctioned Friday.
The Treasury Secretary warned that the countries who do business with North Korea will not be able to do business with the US.
China's Foreign Ministry, in a statement to Reuters, said they did not know anything about the plan, but that in principle China believes United Nations resolutions on North Korea should be fully and thoroughly implemented.
The administration billed it as the largest installment of North Korean economic restrictions to date as it intensifies its campaign of "maximum pressure" to get the North to give up its nuclear weapons.
Although South Korea is a close US ally, animosity between Washington and Pyongyang still runs high and there's no sign of the adversaries starting negotiations on the nuclear issue.
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The Treasury Department, in conjunction with the State Department and the U.S. Coast Guard, is issuing a global shipping advisory meant to alert the world to North Korea's "deceptive shipping practices", the official said.
"The President is clearly frustrated, and rightly so, over efforts that have failed in the past and also over the uptick in testing and the advancements we have seen in the North Korean program in the recent period of time and over the last couple of decades", an official said.
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Washington has been talking to regional partners, including Japan, South Korea, Australia and Singapore, about a stepped-up crackdown to further squeeze despot Kim Jong-un. "She had dinner with President Moon and had a private discussion in advance about this occurring and this has been an interagency process".
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Moon praised the Winter Olympics for helping to open up dialogue between the countries, which are still technically at war.
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