Trump drops new N.Korea sanctions because he 'likes' Kim: W.House

Trump drops new N.Korea sanctions because he 'likes' Kim: W.House

The Treasury Department just Thursday had announced the round of sanctions targeting two Chinese shipping companies that it said have helped North Korea evade sanctions.

President Trump appeared to interfere on Friday with sanctions the USA put on two Chinese shipping companies as punishment for their illicit trade with North Korea.

"I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!" he tweeted.

President Donald Trump scrapped new financial sanctions against the North Korean government Friday, just one day after his own Treasury Department announced them.

This was an apparent reference to sanctions the Treasury Department had announced Thursday on Chinese shipping companies doing business with North Korea. Both sides have made goodwill gestures to prove their commitment to the most high-level dialogue since the US supported South Korea against North Korea and its Soviet and Chinese allies in a 1950s war, but progress had publicly slowed since their landmark summit in Singapore last June. Hours after the sanctions announcement, North Korea on Friday pulled out of a liaison office with the South, a major setback for Seoul. Trump walked out of that summit after refusing to agree to the North's demands of lifting all sanctions.

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"Foolish naivete is unsafe enough".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed the president's announcement in a statement, citing his personal friendship with the North Korean dictator. "Gross incompetence and disarray in the White House make it even worse", Schiff tweeted. "Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea's sanctions evasion".

While declining to say whether Washington was trying to send a post-summit message to Pyongyang with the sanctions, the official said Trump had "made clear that the door is wide open to continuing the dialogue with North Korea".

Adam Mount, a nuclear expert at the Federation of American Scientists, said Trump's move to weaken enforcement of existing sanctions will reduce the pressure on North Korea and make it more hard for United States diplomats to ensure other countries maintain the pressure campaign on North Korea.

The US Treasury said it had acted because the companies had helped North Korea to evade worldwide and US sanctions by engaging in ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean tankers or exporting North Korean coal.

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