US to Allies: The US Believes in Diplomacy, Despite Trump's Words

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2017

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a new executive order that enables to more effectively crack down on individuals, companies and financial institutions that do business with North Korea.

"I was able to reaffirm that Japan and the US are 100% on the same page", Abe told reporters after the meeting, which lasted about an hour.

During his first address before the world body, Trump struck a militant tone on Pyongyang, saying if the forced to protect the homeland or its allies Washington "will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

Prior to their summit, Abe and Trump had a three-way meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

"Many countries are working with us to increase economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea", Trump said.

Trump said the lawless North Korea government does not respect the sovereignty of other nations.

While the United States has previously placed sanctions on non-Korean firms for ties to the country's weapons programmes, the new authority means firms across the construction, energy, financial services, fishing, information technology, manufacturing, medical, mining, textiles, or transportation sectors could be targeted.

"Today, President Trump strengthened the US government's ability to cut off funding to the North Korean regime and its weapons development program".

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Thursday said the goal of sanctions was to limit the North's provocative behavior and not necessarily to change the DPRK's course on denuclearization.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Friday called Donald Trump as "mentally deranged" and warned he will make the USA president "pay dearly" for threatening his nation, reports state news agency KCNA.

"Now our focus has to shift to ensuring that, as much as is possible, we focus that pain on Kim Jong-un and mitigate the pain we cause to the poor". It purports to do this by banning vessels and aircraft that have delivered cargo to North Korea from accessing the United States for 180 days.

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