Donald Trump orders new sanctions to tighten screws on North Korea

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2017

Speaking on Tuesday, Trump said the USA would "have no choice but to totally destroy" North Korea and earlier this week on Twitter referred to Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man".

During their summit on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in NY, they underscored the need to maintain overwhelming deterrence against North Korea, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun said at a press briefing. But they have yet to stop the communist nation's leader Kim Jong Un from launching ballistic missile tests.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday aiming to tighten an economic noose around North Korea, days after he threatened to "totally destroy" the country if forced to defend the United States or its allies. The North has responded by a slew of weapons tests and warlike and often-mocking rhetoric against Trump.

The document asked banks to fully implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea and warned of economic losses and reputational risks to banks that did not do so.

On Wednesday, his third day in New York, Moon once again invited North Korea to participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games to be held in South Korea.

Moon praised Trump's bellicose speech to the United Nations about the threat, saying the USA had "responded in a very good way".

Trump's remarks followed the North's sixth and apparently most powerful nuclear test so far, staged September 3. Moon also called on North Korea to come to the negotiating table.

The North Korean foreign minister is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the UN General Assembly on Friday and meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday.

Trump claimed that China's central bank has ordered its banks to curb trade with North Korea.

He said he wanted North Korea, which never reached a formal peace treaty with the South after the 1950-53 Korean War, to attend next year's Winter Olympics to be hosted by South Korea.

The three leaders vowed to put maximum pressure on North Korea. "In what hope of success are we now repeating the very same failure a third time?" he said.

"The three leaders noted North Korea's nuclear and missile development posed a grave threat to peace in Northeast Asia and the world and that they can not accept this", South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told a press briefing.

Moon said he highly appreciated the recent UN Security Council resolutions against North Korean's "provocations" and said the body's swift action showed the worldwide community was "collectively outraged" by Pyongyang's actions.

"(The EO) also includes measures to disrupt critical North Korean shipping and trade networks", he added. Prodded by Washington, the United Nations has responded with the toughest economic sanctions on North Korea yet.

President Donald Trump is meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday about the ongoing North Korea crisis.

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